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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


No 1 Marsh Street

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Island History Trust Image Collection


John Bates outside his home at No.1, Marsh Street, in the toy car his brother. Sydney bought him for Christmas in 1930. Sydney had a good job at Samuel Cutler’s steel works and liked to treat his little brother. This car, says John, was the talk of the street. It was bright yellow, and had lights, a handbrake and tyres that could be let down and pumped up. See also Island History News, November/December 2005. Donated by John Bates