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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



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Island History Trust Image Collection


West India Dock, looking westwards from the lock and Blue Brige entrance, a photo taken by George Charnley, who was lock foreman here in the 1950s and 1960s, and lived with his family in Mellish STree,t London E14. Where cranes are, centre background, was later Heron Quays, at that time the site of F, G and H transit sheds. On extreme left is site of DLR South Quay station (approx.) Far end of dock, faintly visible, the old Morton’s confectionery factory, later the site of Cascades apartments. Donated by Janice Craft