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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


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Island History Trust Image Collection


Albert Coe delivered coals on the Island in the 1940s, when most people still heated water, cooked and did their washing with coal fires. The driver is Chick (Charles) Gardiner, from Bermondsey, who moved to Thermopylae Gate after marrying Pat Rump in 1951. With him is Billy May, from Deptford, who later married Ethel Rump. Donated by Unknown