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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


Alpha Grove

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Laying the foundations for an extension to Brown & Polson's works, Alpha Grove, Isle of Dogs, in the 1950s. This is now the site of Tate & Lyle's Millwall works. Brown & Polson, who bought the business from George Clark & Son Ltd., also introduced shift work, invited the sugar workers'union to form a branch, and extended the canteen and locker room facilities for workers. Between 1955 and 1964 they increased the staff from 90 to 150 and output went up from 12,000 to 33,000 tons per year, most of it in liquid sugar and liquid glucose for confectionery and soft drink manufacturers. Donated by Tate & Lyle