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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


Millwall Docks

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Millwall docks; Central Granary. “A marvelous building - I covered every inch of it from the basement to the top. I worked in there for 2 years as a docker - that granary, and that building and the four hoppers fully loaded could hold 60,00 tons. Each of the eight or ten floors held different grains - barley, wheat, oats, maize, soya beans. On each one there were pipes that went right through the building, that the grain went through, right down to the basement. Underneath was a set of scales where the grain was weighed into sacks and trucked into lorries. When the grain came in it was sucked up another set of pipes - like a giant Hoover, from the ship's hold or from the barges. I remember when they pulled that down in the 1960s. There was a little drinking club mainly for the foreman and staff but we used to go in there.. by B. Carr