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Mr Gaskin 1909

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Island History Trust Image Collection


This photograph, inscribed on the reverse, ‘Mr Gaskin April 1909’, is of Robert Gaskin, father of Robert Charles Gaskin of the Golden Boot Shoe Store, at No. 79 Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs. Robert was born on 23rd January 1838 at No.11 Windmill Street Finsbury, to Mary (formerly Bowden) and William Gaskin, a carman, and was baptised on the 4th March that year at St. Luke’s, Old Street Finsbury. Robert in his 20s and 30s was employed as a stoker on a tug boat. He married Elizabeth Rebecca Seaman at St. Thomas’s, Arbour Square Stepney on the 10th June 1861. When Robert Charles , their first child was three, they were living at No.13 Tooke Street, Millwall. Later the family moved to No. 83 Broad Street, Ratcliffe, next door to the Vine Tavern. By this time Robert’s occupation had changed and he became a Brewer’s Foreman and Cellarman, although it is not known whether he had any connections with the Vine Tavern next door. Robert as a widower, his wife having died in 1880, was still residing at No. 83 Broad Street at the time of his death, which took place following a fall, at Bromley House Institution on 4th May 1916. Broad Street and Shadwell High Street later became The Highway and No. 83 Broad Street would have been on the north side of The Highway, between Heckford Street, on the corner of which is now the Rotherhithe Tunnel Air Shaft, and Ratcliffe Orchard.