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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


Millwall Docks

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Divers employed by the Millwall Dock Company in about 1900. Edward Humphrey is seated second from the left. He was born in 1859 and worked for the company until his retirement. He lived in one of the pier head cottages at the dock entrance in Westferry Road. Divers were employed by the dock companies to carry out repairs to the lock gates and machinery and to do any other underwater work. These divers would have earned fifty shillings (£2.50) for a 48 hour week with two weeks paid holiday a year. Pensions were thirty shillings (£1.50) per week. Donated by W. E. Humphrey