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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 localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Title:

Westferry Road 1950s

Image Number:

#IHT/iw009

Copyright:

© THLHLA

Keywords:

Island History Trust Image Collection

Description:

J. Westwood & Co., Steel Erectors, Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs. General view of shop floor, probably 1950s. Bob Strudwick, who worked at Westwoods as a trainee draughtsman for four years in the 1950s, recalls: ‘The works were in two halves. The main works were on the river side of Westferry Road, while the much smaller sheet metal works were on the opposite side of the road. Behind the offices, towards the river front, were three or four main fabrication shops. Each of these was an open portal framed structure about 60 feet wide and 450 feet long. The two outer shops had sheeting on the portside face, as weather protection. Each shop had two overhead travelling cranes, lifting five tons each. In these shops, the steel was stocked, marked for cutting and drilling, painted and welded and bolted together into structure being fabricated. by Eileen Bannister