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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


Harry Challis 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Harry Challis (1890-1961). Harry came from Canning Town and married Florence Cooper, a Millwal girl. He was a coalman and kept his horse and cart near the family home which is in Havannah Street and then later in Strafford Street. He is seen here in the uniform of the Royal Artillery, First World War. From Mrs F. Peterken