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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



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Island History Trust Image Collection


“Two Islanders to be proud of” says Robert Taylor, who loaned this photograph. They are Charles Studd (seated) and Walter Coates. These young men were in the Bible Class at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church until the First World War. They both enlisted and became officers, After the war, Charles Studd (of Cahir Street) went to Canada to train as a Presbyterian Minister, as a missionary to Japan where he was killed in a motor accident. In 1960 Charles visited England and saw his old Bible Class teacher, George Taylor, then living in Hornchurch and aged 83. George died soon afterwards, and Charles himself died a year later. Donated by R. Taylor