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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


Susannah Ruggles 1898

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1898. Susannah Ruggles (nee Holmes) and Richard Ruggles; they were married aged 17 and 19 respectively. Richard was a docker, Susannah kept house, and they lived in two rooms in Laura Cottages, in Westferry Road, where Barnfields Colour Works was, now the site of a new housing estate. The couple had fifteen children. by Rose Rayner