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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.

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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


Kent 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Martha Fitzearle (nee White, 1907-1969, with her children, Ray, Bet and Buddie, during the Second World War. The family were bombed out of No 320 Manchester Road where they had moved to, from No. 338 Manchester Road, and were all bundled in to a coal lorry with other Islanders - 18 in all. They went down to Kent to find a safe place to live and took a four-roomed empty house. The Fitzearles were allocated one corner of a room with a window sill to put their belongings on; there was straw on the floor for warmth. Gradually circumstances improved, others moved out and there was more space. From BuddiePenn