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Digital Gallery Images

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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Alpha Road 1880s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


This photograph of Alpha Road belonged to Mr Percy Marsh, a carpenter and joiner, who lived at No. 34 Alpha Road. He died c1970 in his 90s. The family had lived in Alpha Road and Mellish Street for two generations. The family originated from Epping Forest. Mr Marsh thought the photograph was taken in the 1880s. Each house two families, one up and one down and shared a backyard