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Digital Gallery Images

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.

How do I obtain a copy of an image?

Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at


John White 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


John White, 1872-1967, born in Stebondale Street, Isle of Dogs. Married Martha Belcher, from Canning Town; they had three children - Martha, John and Doris. John White Snr., became a foreman engineer at Hawkins & Tipson's rope factory, where he worked for 45 years. The White's lived in No. 338 Manchester Road. John's grandchildren remember him as always being immaculately dressed, and ‘interested in everything'. From BuddiePenn