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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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Glengall Road 1930s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1935, Cox's Working Man's Cafe no. 79 Glengall Road (later Glengall Grove). Outside Arthur and Vera Cox; peeping over the curtains, Owen Cox. The Cox family came to the Island in 1920, and opened the shop as a grocery store. It was changed to a cafe in 1923, to serve the Millwall dockers and local factory workers; the cafe was run by Charlie and Maud Cox and Charlie's mother, Annie, helped by the children. It remained open until 1948. Charlie and Arthur then took over Brown's cafe in Brentwood where they remained until 1982, when Arthur moved to Spain. Charlie died in 1973; Maud lives in Romford.