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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


Isle of Dogs 1920s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


PLA Police in the 1920s. Second from the left in the back row, William French, originally of Barque Street, Isle of Dogs. He became a policeman after serving in the Navy during the First World War; he married Frances Maud Small of Poplar, and later worked at the firms of Hooper’s and Venesta’s. by John Needham