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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


Island Gardens

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Island History Trust Image Collection


North Greenwich Bowls Club in Island Gardens. Two club members, possibly about 1920. On the left, probably Mr Watkins, on right, Mr Philip Hoad. Philip Hoad was born in 1883 and attended George Green School in East India Dock Road and the People’s College in Mile End. He became an engineering draughtsman, employed by City company Keith Blackman. He and his family moved off the Island to New Cross in 1933, to be closer to a good school for his daughters. Donated by Mrs E. Hitchins