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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 Napier

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Island History Trust Image Collection


John Napier, son of David Napier, and co-partner in Napier Yard, an iron ship building business on Millwall form 1837 to 1852. Subsequently he had a partnership in Glasgow with his brother Francis.