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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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Millwall Docks

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Waiting for the bridge: the old ‘roll back' bridge which linked the two halves of Glengall Road across Millwall Dock Inner Basin. Taken fron the Millwall side, looking towards the point where ‘The George' public house now stands in East Ferry Road. The wooden walk way was a conveyer belt for timber, carrying wood over to the PLA timber storage yard on part of Mudchute, but it never worked very well - the timber frequently got jammed up. This bridge was damaged during the Second World War and was replaced by a barge filled with concrete, still allowing vehicles to cross the dock. In the early 1970s the PLA replaced the barge with a high-level walk way known as ‘ The Glass Bridge', only suitable for pedestrians and approached by a lift or flight of stairs. This latest bridge was usually closed, in spite of the fact that there was a right of way across the dock from Glengall Road to what is now Tiller Road. Donated by George Pye