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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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Alpha Road 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs Sarah Lowry (nee Cargil, b.1867 d.1923) with her children, Sarah b.1902, and Jack Lowry. Mrs Lowry’s parents lived at Timothy’s Wharf, ‘the jute place’. Her husband was Alfred Lowry who worked at Bullivants, the wire rope makers. The Lowry’s lived at 2 Alpha Road, next door to an off-licence and near the dock entrance in Cuba Street and the ‘North Pole’. There were four cottages in a row, each with four rooms, scullery and outside toilet in the yard. ‘where you hid if you’d done anything wrong.’Cottages were not shared. Rent 9/6d a week about 1920. There was an older child - a boy, Obidiah Thomas Joseph who was named after his uncle Obidiah, who played for Millwall, near the fire station.