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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


Westferry Road 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


c.1905. Robert Charles Gaskin (b.1.2.1862) at the door of The Golden Boot, 79 Westferry Road. He was born at No. 13 Tooke Street, his father, Robert, was a stoker on a tugboat. His mother was formerly Elizabeth Rebecca Seaman. Robert Charles Gaskin had polio as a young man and wore a surgical boot as a consequence. The stone plaque on the wall gives the date of the building as 1850. by D. Gaskin