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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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Tobago Street 1930s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Tobago Street, Isle of Dogs, in the early 1930s. There were only three houses in the street, next to a pub known as ‘The Ash Bucket'. These houses had two rooms and a box room upstairs and two rooms and a back kitchen downstairs. They also had a cellar. There was no indoor water, but there was a cold tap in the back yard, also a toilet. There was gas lighting and cooking was done on an open range. Seated on the doorstep is Mrs Seymour, whose father, Mr Andrews, had been a coal-merchant. The Andrews came to the Island from County Cork in the 1870s when Mrs Seymour was a baby. Mrs. Seymour died in her ‘70s’ during the 2nd World War. With Mrs Seymour is her grand-daughter, Alice Holland. by Mrs French