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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

Manilla Street


Manilla Street

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Photographed in the back yard of 31 Manilla Street, about 1950 The Donovan family. This family stayed in their home on the Island throughout the Blitz. At the back, Fred (a tailor); Margaret (a machinist); Winnie (a machinist, specialising in making flags); Doris (machinist); Hilda (machinist); and at the end, John, who worked in the nearby docks. In front is Beryl, an office worker; Jack, who also worked in the docks, Alice the mother of the family, and Patrick, son of John. The photograph was taken by Winnie’s husband, because it was rare for all the family to be together. Donated by Mrs M.Woodhouse