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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

Southend 1935


Southend 1935

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Island History Trust Image Collection


George Adams, b. 1930, on holiday in Southend, about 1935. The family lived in Macquarie Way E14, and often went to Southend for a week’s holiday in lodgings. The children used to follow the tide as it went out and collect cockels and mussels. George wanted to be a sailor (his father was in the Navy) but he had a weak eye as a result of meningitis, and became an electrician instead.