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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


Manchester Road 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Looking northwards from the roof of ‘The Queen' pub, Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs. 1950s. In this photograph we can see the end of Glen Terrace on the right, in the centre background is the “old” bridge across the lock entrance to the South West India Dock (pre 1970) and to the right, the houses built on the dry docks which had been filled in near the lock entrance. During the redevelopment of the late 20th century, these houses were replaced with high-rise apartment blocks. The Queen was also replaced with a restaurant at this time. by Olive Campbell