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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

Jubilee Crescent 1930s


Jubilee Crescent 1930s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Jubilee Crescent, Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs, when it was first opened in the 1930s. Built by the ship-repairer firm of Green Siley Weir for retired shipworkers, these almshouses were let to married couples and single people at 2s 6d (12 1/2p) per week. Only a few of the first tenants lived there for long - brought up on poverty and working hard they did not live to a great age after retirement. On the lawns in front of their homes, the old men played bowls and the women played croquet. The grass was cared for by the tenants - there were two rollers, and a stand-pipe and three inch hose - it took three old men to hold the hose and water the grass! In 1983 the Crescent was taken over by a Housing Association and modernised for new and existing tenants.