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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

Blackwall Tunnel 1900s


Blackwall Tunnel 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Blackwall Tunnel entrance - the tunnel was opened in 1897 to handle the growing volume of traffic crossing the river. The existing ferry services were slow and unreliable, and it was not practical to build a bridge because the width of the river and the amount of shipping. Like the Greenwich foot tunnel, the Blackwall tunnel was built by the London County Council.