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Down the Thames Photographic Memories

Down the Thames Photographic Memories

The photo 'Tilbury, Ferry c1960' appears in this book.

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Caption for Tilbury, Ferry C1960: A little further east along the Essex shore our photographer reaches Tilbury and continues his maritime theme; he firmly turned his back on the remarkable 1670s Tilbury Fort, built by a Dutch engineer to defend the Thames against his own countrymen and the French. Here, the Neo-Georgian harbour buildings with their cupola are seen beyond the landing stages.

An extract from Down the Thames Photographic Memories.

Memories of Tilbury

I am trying to trace William George (born ?Sept 1928) who was born and brought up in Tilbury. His mother was a widow and he played the piano. William was called for National Service in spring/summer 1947 and my mum thinks he went in the Navy. Her last address for him was in Lisbon (Jan 1948). Can anyone remember him? He is my dad.

When I was six, I moved into 'Our Boy's Cafe' with my mother and grandfather. My uncle, aunt and cousin also lived with us in the accommodation above. It was the last cafe of many along Dock Road, Tilbury, so we had to work really hard to build up a good reputation for a varied menu of good home cooking for (...Read full memory)

As far back that I can remember, it was the summer of 1934 when I first started school at St Mary's Roman Catholic School in Calcutta Road. I sat next to a friend that I had made (John Toole) Who later in life emigrated to Canada and was killed on a railway crossing in the early 50's. I recall the first bell that was sounded at (...Read full memory)

For some reason I remember walking by there when I was a kid and thinking how cool everyone looked sitting there drinking their beer....and I can still smell the beer as you walked past.  I am 55 yrs old now and I still have that memory...

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