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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


Bow Common Lane, 1955

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© Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives


Mile End, 1950s, Street Scenes, Shops


Bow Common Lane, looking east from Eric Street. First terrace on left includes No. 210 -192. The terrace beyond the garage includes No. 186-152. No. 208 Bow Common Lane is on the north side, where the pram is shown outside the Doctor's surgery. The terrace in the distance includes No. 188-152. No. 198 is The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS). The shop sign reading 'Players Please' is outside No. 227 Bow Common Lane, owned by tobacconist, Mrs Florence Park. Taken 11 August 1955.