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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




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Island History Trust Image Collection


Poplar Labour Party Women’s Section, outside the Old Town Hall Poplar, probably 1960s. Standing in the front row: Mrs Nellie Cressall, who lived in Macquarie Way, E14. She was a lifelong member of the Labour Party; she became a Poplar Councillor in 1919 and went to prison with other Labour Councilors over the issue of local rates. Her husband George was Mayor of Poplar 1931 to 1943, and Mrs Cressall was Mayor between 1943 and 1944. She was made a freeman of the Borough in 1959. Mrs Cressall died in St. Andrew’s Hospital, Bow, in 1973. Donated by Mrs Cressall