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Sporting Newham / Re: West Ham speedway / greyhound stadium
« Last post by Laramie on 21 September, 2017, 09:48:06 PM »
Hi Jason.I expect you have tried archistadia-en.blogspot.co.uk Lost grounds West Ham stadium London .There is a photo of the restaurant at the stadium and photo was from London Borough of Newham Heritage Services.They are at 30 Romford Rd .Link on ilondon.co.uk .Wonder if they might have some photos or shed some light on your queries.
I went to watch speedway and stock car racing a couple of times,but my sister went a lot.I will see if she remembers anything. There must be plans held somewhere.
Good luck with the search!
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New Members / Re: Want to know about West Ham greyhound/speedway stadium
« Last post by ron copus on 21 September, 2017, 09:45:43 PM »
Welcome Jason.. & good luck with your project.
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Sporting Newham / Re: West Ham speedway / greyhound stadium
« Last post by ron copus on 21 September, 2017, 09:42:44 PM »
HI Jason ..
Yes the fence was green// the one that backed on to the waste land had points cut into it to stop us  climbing over ''
So we burrowed underneath,,
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Sporting Newham / Re: West Ham speedway / greyhound stadium
« Last post by MickG on 21 September, 2017, 08:55:52 PM »
There are some images of West Ham Stadium on the internet. These are with thanks to defenctspeedway.co.uk

A Google image search for West Ham Speedway will find these and others.






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New Members / Want to know about West Ham greyhound/speedway stadium
« Last post by Jason Steele on 21 September, 2017, 08:08:07 PM »
My name is Jason and I live down in Brighton. For the last 25 years I have been infatuated with the old Custom house stadium. I am currently making a model of the main double decker stand and once finished will display it somewhere in Newham. I am crying out for any info on the arena as it all helps. I have a wealth of knowledge on it and vast collection of photo's, but I am always looking out for more. Please if anyone can help it would be great. Photos of the inside of the stand are so rare that I am struggling to finish the model. Once I find out how to post photos on here I will put the pictures of it on here for all to see. Loving the site, can't stop reading!! Jason
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Sporting Newham / Re: West Ham speedway / greyhound stadium
« Last post by Jason Steele on 21 September, 2017, 07:50:58 PM »
I have been trying to post the picture of them on here but haven't been able to........ I'm taking it that you have been looking on google street view after what I posted, or was you aware of these already Ron? They surely have to be from the stadium don't they? I have so much quirky information to share on here about the stadium !
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Sporting Newham / Re: West Ham speedway / greyhound stadium
« Last post by ron copus on 21 September, 2017, 07:04:41 PM »
You can bet your life these gates were parts  of the stadium.. They are the right colour.
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Sporting Newham / Re: West Ham speedway / greyhound stadium
« Last post by Jason Steele on 21 September, 2017, 06:29:07 PM »
Wow, that is amazing to hear,,
 Makes you wonder whate happened to everything, from the metalwork of the stand to the fixtures and fittings etc? I pit has always intrigued me whether the stand was sold and some of it re-erected else where ( well  sections of it anyway). A lot of the old tracks that shut down sold their grandstands to be built elsewhere, like non league football grounds etc. Does anyone have any knowledge of this happening. As far as I know the whole stadium was simply bulldozed and sold for scrap. One thing I have noticed and this is just an idea...... When the stadium was demolished there was a small patch of wasteland next to the end house of Churchill road where it meets Baxter road ( by where the back gates to the stadium use to be. I have an Ariel photo of the stadium just before it was demolished and this was definitely wasteland. In that area now there is a small builders yard. Around it there is grey Flint walls like they had at the stadium and even more noticeable is that the gates to the yard look very old and have green corrugated sheets on them that look donkeys years old. I would bet money that these were taken from the demolition site to be used to build a yard. If this is so then a small part of the stadium does still exist in a small way. I have photos of this site but I don't seem to be able to post them on here!! Anyone else got any similar info?
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Trams
« Last post by ron copus on 21 September, 2017, 06:13:53 PM »
The only ones that I remember were at woolwich.. lethal if you were on a bike..
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Trams
« Last post by MickG on 21 September, 2017, 05:35:18 PM »
I suppose in many ways, it was the advent of the electric tram that opened up greater vistas for people in terms of where they worked or leisure. Up until then for most people, travel was either a choice of the either much slower horse drawn tram, or 'Shanks Pony' as most people could not afford a horse or even more luxurious carriage.

West Ham Corporation took over the horse drawn services of the North Metropolitan Tramways in 1903 and just a year later were able to introduce the first electric tram service. The first tram depot was in Greengate Street, Plaistow although other depots open later. Initially trams terminated at the borough boundary which meant changing tram companies to continue a journey.

A West Ha tram in West Ham Labe by Queen Mary's Hospital



Photograph by Basher Eyre of date stone on former tramway offices.



West Ham tram terminus on Centre Road, Wanstead Flats

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