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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


West India Docks

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1950s, West India Docks, a ship of the Strick and Ellerman Line, all battened down with just deck cargo to load before sailing. The two winch men are Maurice Munden (on the left) and William Pawley. They are taking orders from top man Sidney Wing (out of picture). Photo from Ron Waters Donated by Ron Waters