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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


Cranleigh Surrey

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mr and Mrs Seal, Samuel (known as Sammy) and Ivy in Cranleigh, Surrey, where Ivy Seal and her daughter, Joan, were evacuated during the Second World War. Mr Seal came down for the weekend; he was still living on the Island, working at Hawkins & Tipson and as an Air Raid Warden. Mrs Seal was only in Cranleigh for a couple of months - an incendiary bomb fell next door and she got glass in her eye and so returned to London - ‘We might as well get bombed in London as here!' Donated by Mrs J. Jordan