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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


Millwall Docks

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Island History Trust Image Collection


The Millwall Docks being excavated on the Isle of Dogs, in 1867. These L-shaped docks were originally intended to be T-shaped, with a third arm of the dock cutting through what is now the Mudchute, and with a river entrance at what is now Millwall Wharf in Manchester Road. However, there wasn't enough money at the time to complete this plan. The docks were built to handle grain and timber imports, and it was the grain-handling facilities that helped to bring McDougalls Flour Mill to the site. Donated by Unknown