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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


Smith Family 1890s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Smith Family, 1898. Mother: Alice Smith nee Thompson, (1868-1966). Father: George Besant Smith (1873-1946), a steel erector at Westwoods, his hobbies included photography, developing and printing. Baby: George William Smith, aged 6 months, (3 December 1897-1940), also a steel erector at Westwoods and later publican of the Newcastle Arms. Little girl: Maud Valentine Smith, (3 December 1894-1954), a district nurse. Girl on fur rug: Edith Lillian Smith, born 2 October 1896. The family lived at Wiltshire Villas, 10 Launch Street, Poplar, until 1908 when they moved to 13 Ship Street, Cubitt Town, E14. From P.G. Elliott