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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

Mrs Polly Walker 1900s


Mrs Polly Walker 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs Polly Walker (Galbraith Street); Mr Henry George Cox and Mrs Cox (from Limehouse), of Stebondale Street and Strattondale Street, E14, 1900. Susan Cox (now Dixon) writes: I was the eldest of six sisters and one brother. We had a very tough childhood, but a happy one. My father was out of work most of the time; he was a skilled man and tried very hard to get work. I remember that he worked mostly for Green Siley Weir ship repairers. He died in 1942 aged 56, after losing his home in an air raid. My mother died after an operation at the seaman’s hospital at Greenwich, aged 51 - an event which my father never came to terms with. I myself worked for five years at McDougalls in Millwall Dock - long hours, but these were happy times. by Mrs Dixon