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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


Tooke Street 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs Ellen Thurgar, nee Lambert, (1889-1978). Mrs Thurgar worked in various departments of Morton's factory in Westferry Road for most of her life. She was born in Manilla Street, Isle of Dogs and married George Thurgar. They lived at No.2 Tooke Street until bombed out in the Blitz, then moved to No.33 Tooke Street, where this photograph was taken in the 1940s. When Tooke Street was knocked down in post-war reconstruction, she moved to a flat in Manchester Road, over the shops opposite George Green School. From G. Thurgar