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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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St Luke's School 1880s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


St. Luke's School, Millwall, Isle of Dogs, c1880s. This is an unusually early photograph for a school group and is one of the earliest in the Island History Collection. It originally belonged to the Marsh family, of Alpha Road Millwall. St. Luke's School was founded in 1879 on a site in Westferry Road, opposite Strafford Street, on the site of the first St. Luke's Church, which had been rebuilt on the corner of Strafford Street and Alpha Road, close to the position of the modern church. In the 1970s, St. Luke's School moved to Saunders Ness Road, previously occupied by Cubitt Town School, and the old building was pulled down. A plaque on the wall in St. Luke's Wharf commemorates the site.