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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


Manchester Road Bridge

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Manchester Road bridge over the entrance to the West India Docks, the electrically operated Scherzer double leaf lifting bridge, newly installed, here allowing passage for a ship in 1929. This was the fifth bridge to be installed at this point. With it the road was re- aligned towards the east, and the old road which ran close to Glen Terrace became a cul-de-sac. This involved filling in the old dry docks on the river's edge. The site of the dry docks were later used for PLA housing, but this fell into disuse in the early 1980s, due to subsidence. The re-positioning of the bridge reduced the waiting time for traffic, because the road could remain open whilst ships were in the lock. The bridge was replaced in 1969 by a drawbridge of Dutch design - the ‘Blue Bridge' still in use in 2001. Donated by Mrs M. Bayer