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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


Island Gardens 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Cubitt Town Library, in Osbourne House, Island Gardens. This building (built earlier in the 19th century) was opened as an evening library (hours 5.30- 9.30) on 30th October 1895; in that year Island Gardens was also opened as a public place. It was replaced by the new library in Strattondale Street in 1905. Osbourne House has since been demolished after being damaged during the Blitz. by Cubitt Town Library