Jean Fullerton

Jean Fullerton

East London / Native East Ender and award-winning author.
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Towards the end of the Second World War families were housed in tiny prefabricated homes and told they'd be there for only a couple of years. I took this photo of the last remaining Nissen huts in Bridge Road in Stratford in June 1969 - Steve Lewis

Towards the end of the Second World War families were housed in tiny prefabricated homes and told they'd be there for only a couple of years. I took this photo of the last remaining Nissen huts in Bridge Road in Stratford in June 1969 - Steve Lewis

St. Mary's and St Michael's Church: This is the present day church of St Mary's and St Michael’s, which is the direct descendant of the Virginia Street Mission, where Patrick’s sister Mattie was married .  The catholic church now stands on Commercial Road but the original mission stood in Virginian Street which was a small turning just west of Old Gravel Lane.

St. Mary's and St Michael's Church: This is the present day church of St Mary's and St Michael’s, which is the direct descendant of the Virginia Street Mission, where Patrick’s sister Mattie was married . The catholic church now stands on Commercial Road but the original mission stood in Virginian Street which was a small turning just west of Old Gravel Lane.

Patrick's barge:This is an image of what Patrick Boat might have looked like. Although we think of Thames Barges as being a particular type of craft there were small boat builders along both sides of the river and each produced their own particular design of river craft.

Patrick's barge:This is an image of what Patrick Boat might have looked like. Although we think of Thames Barges as being a particular type of craft there were small boat builders along both sides of the river and each produced their own particular design of river craft.

Wapping Old Stairs: This is Wapping Old Stairs which runs along side the Town of Ramsgate and is typical of the alley that ran down to the river between the warehouses

Wapping Old Stairs: This is Wapping Old Stairs which runs along side the Town of Ramsgate and is typical of the alley that ran down to the river between the warehouses

Inside the Town of Ramsgate:The Town of Ramsgate is still just where I placed it in A Glimpse at Happiness. It was Patrick’s Local after a long day hauling coal and it’s mine, too. I can’t walk to it as Patrick could but I’m there once a week and often take visitors to London there so they can see a authentic riverside pub.

Inside the Town of Ramsgate:The Town of Ramsgate is still just where I placed it in A Glimpse at Happiness. It was Patrick’s Local after a long day hauling coal and it’s mine, too. I can’t walk to it as Patrick could but I’m there once a week and often take visitors to London there so they can see a authentic riverside pub.

Town of Ramsgate: "Inside, the narrow bar was packed. The Town did a brisk trade from all those who worked on the river. As it was Saturday, those men paid at the end of the week stopped in at any one of the hundreds of public houses in the area for a swift pint before the more reliable headed for home to give their wives the weekly housekeeping.

Town of Ramsgate: "Inside, the narrow bar was packed. The Town did a brisk trade from all those who worked on the river. As it was Saturday, those men paid at the end of the week stopped in at any one of the hundreds of public houses in the area for a swift pint before the more reliable headed for home to give their wives the weekly housekeeping.

Thames River:  It's easy to forget that the Thames is a tidal river and this picture of the mud at low tide taken from Wapping Old Stairs would be the scene Patrick and Iggy were looking down on. If you look closely you can see the old stone runway where the rivercraft would have been hauled out of the river for repair.

Thames River: It's easy to forget that the Thames is a tidal river and this picture of the mud at low tide taken from Wapping Old Stairs would be the scene Patrick and Iggy were looking down on. If you look closely you can see the old stone runway where the rivercraft would have been hauled out of the river for repair.

Ma Tugmans bar. Ma’s pub was little more than a grog shop and this picture is a reconstruction from the Docklands Museum which will give you an idea just how sparse it would have been.

Ma Tugmans bar. Ma’s pub was little more than a grog shop and this picture is a reconstruction from the Docklands Museum which will give you an idea just how sparse it would have been.

The bunch of grapes. The public house here is The Bunch of  Grapes at the Limehouse end of Narrow Street.  Although, as far as I know it’s never been owned by the head of a criminal gang I used the image of it when I described Ma Tugman’s pub the Boatman, which I tucked away in Coleman Street.

The bunch of grapes. The public house here is The Bunch of Grapes at the Limehouse end of Narrow Street. Although, as far as I know it’s never been owned by the head of a criminal gang I used the image of it when I described Ma Tugman’s pub the Boatman, which I tucked away in Coleman Street.