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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

Cutlers Westferry Road 1960


Cutlers Westferry Road 1960

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Cutler’s Steel Works, Westferry Road, ( near St. Edmund's church). The annual dinner for the office staff, about 1960. Left foreground, David Thompson - David was the son of another David Thompson, a boiler maker who came to the Island from Scotland in the 19th century. David’s brothers, George and Ted, also worked at Cutlers, and so did his sons, Ted, John, Tom and young Dave. David was outside foreman for the firm. One of their main jobs was erecting gas holders and he could see examples of his work wherever he travelled! He was still climbing gas holders at the age of 70, and retired at the age of 78 in 1965. He died in 1968.