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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


Hawkins & Tipson East Ferry Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Globe Rope Works, East Ferry Road, Isle of Dogs, July 1970, with John Smith, senior rope-maker. This photograph was taken just before the works closed. The firm had several branches, but it was first set up on this site in 1881. The rope walk, which was 1,000 feet long, survives today as an open, planted, pedestrian walkway. Donated by Dave Smith