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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


Glengall School

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Glengall Road School, 1950. Teacher Mr E. R. Braithwaite. Mr Braithwaite came from British Guyana (now Guyana) He later wrote books, including “To Sir With Love”, which was made into a film starring Sidney Poitier as the school teacher. Also in the photo: Front row, from left, 3rd Jean Verlander, 4th Grace Clarke, 9th Barbara Elms, 10th Hilda Woodard. Back row from left: 4th - Jeffery, 6th Jean Hardie, later Solly. 7th - King. Jean added: Hilda Woodard is my cousin, her father was Charles Woodard. My mother was Alice Hardie, nee Woodard. We lived in a prefab at 105 Mellish Street. Donated by Jean Solly