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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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Westferry Road 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Inside Lenanton's timber storage works, Westferry Road, 1950s. At this time logs were imported in the round, cut into planks or boards and then put outside to dry in the air. The wood came in by boat at the quayside, went through the various departments of the mill and was taken away by lorry. In the photograph of the sawing and planing mills, the horizontal band mill is on the right, and the vertical band mill on the left. There are also two overhead cranes; there were nine altogether in the yard.