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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

Billson Street


Billson Street

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Island History Trust Image Collection


the Mayne family , of 6 Billson Street, 1935, on the occasion of marriage of Evelyn Johnson and Leonard Watts, not in picture, at the East London Methodist Mission. At back, left to right: Letchfield M. (known as Stan), marine engineer; Harold William M. marine engineer; George M., marine engineer; Jessie M., shop assistant at Percy Johnson’s grocery store in Manchester Road; Colin M., marine engineer with Sun tugs; Douglas M., marine engineer. All five brothers had served their apprenticeships at Green Silley Weir, ship repairers at Blackwall. In front left to right: Emilie M (housewife); Jessie M nee Whitehead, housewife; George M.senior marine engineer and foreman at GSW. Evaline Johnson, nee Mayne, who was married to Percy Johnson. Donated by Chris Mayne