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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


Parsonage Street

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Anne Taylor in the garden of No.11 Parsonage Street, Isle of Dogs, in 1960. Beyond the trees is Christ Church. Parsonage Street was built of ‘Orlit' concrete block houses, erected by German prisoners of war. Most of these houses are still standing, but the end of the row was pulled down in the late 1960s to make room for the houses and shops opposite Christ Church now. When the Orlit houses were built in 1940s, there were allotments on what had been Newcastle Street (now Glenafric Avenue). Donated by Anne Taylor