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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Stratford Broadway
« Last post by MickG on Today at 12:54:28 PM »
Hello Ken, The obelisk is called the Gurney Memorial after a Samuel Gurney. He was a wealthy banker who lived in the area and was a leading figure in the anti-slave trade. If you Google 'Gurney Memorial' you can find out a lot more about him. Below is an extract I copied from one website.


Samuel Gurney (1786-1856) was a local long time resident and a prominent and influential Quaker.

 He supported his sister Elizabeth Fry in her work to improve prison conditions and played an important role in securing the emancipation of black slaves. He campaigned long and hard in his philanthropic work and also campaigned to abolish the death penalty.

The obelisk and grey granite memorial here states: In Remembrance of Samuel Gurney who died the 5th June 1856. Erected by his fellow parishioners and friends 1861. When the ear heard him it then blessed him.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Stratford Broadway
« Last post by KenM on Today at 11:49:31 AM »
Hi Mick, great photo of Stratford Broadway, can you tell me what is the obelisk in the foreground?
Probably a memorial, but to what?
New Members / Re: New members please
« Last post by ed styles on 21 January, 2019, 06:31:14 PM »
John , sadly not the Forum you might remember when you were last on ,there are a few on here old regulars , but it,s difficult inter posting with a few regulars without it turning into a cosy chat, I have got loads of stories from the 60,s in the Docks and away at Sea ,but having been on here since the Old Forum most of you would have heard them , so also as there are very few with similar experiences as myself  all I would be doing would be doing was to be keeping my memories alive by perhaps boring the rest of you  as you could easily go back on the very old posts . Sorry about the doom and gloom as the relaunched Forum promished so much , but not that many oldies have returned, but hey only January who knows  .

All the best Ed
New Members / New members please
« Last post by Bob L on 20 January, 2019, 10:07:01 PM »
No I am not a new member. I was just heartily sick of seeing that spammer on the page.

There are lots of reasons for joining, here are some:

1/ Millions of people around the world have a Newham ancestry.
2/ A great sporting history. Football, Speedway, Boxing, to name just some.
3/ A significant history relevant to both world wars, especiallly the blitz.
4/West Ham was at the forefront of the Labour movement, the first Labour M.P. Kier Hardy.
5/ We are unique, we are East Londoners and we are Essex, a wealth of heritage.

There is I am sure much more, come on have your say. be a part of this rich history.
About the Forums / Re: Jospeh Hunt
« Last post by KenM on 20 January, 2019, 12:03:14 PM »
Sad news of Joe, who may have worked alongside my dad at Silvertown during the war.
RIP Joe.
About the Forums / Re: Jospeh Hunt
« Last post by MickG on 20 January, 2019, 09:20:34 AM »
RIP Joe, It was so nice to have shared your memories.
About the Forums / Re: Jospeh Hunt
« Last post by linda co on 20 January, 2019, 08:11:41 AM »
I was sorry to hear the news about Joseph, Doug. I used to enjoy reading his memories. Thank you for letting us know.

About the Forums / Jospeh Hunt
« Last post by DougT on 19 January, 2019, 09:28:17 PM »
I have just read a post from Mark Brennan, who used to be a regular contributor to this site, on a Facebook Group advise that Joseph Hunt,who was also a frequent contributor to this site, had passed away aged 92.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Stratford Broadway
« Last post by DougT on 19 January, 2019, 04:06:44 PM »
Hi Mick, I can never remember traffic flowing both ways around St. Johns in Stratford Broadway and would imagine that where it merged which may have been near the Town Hall or at the junction of the High Street and Angel Lane would have been chaotic and as you say it is likely that any change would have been made pre-war or immediately following the war. I have not been to Stratford for a few years now but a friend of mine who visits his father every weekend in Stratford has told me that the latest traffic flow system is chaotic.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Stratford Broadway
« Last post by MickG on 17 January, 2019, 04:37:41 PM »
I came across his picture of Stratford Broadway dated 1929 which I had not seen before. It is quite clear in it's detail. The one thing that struck me is is shows traffic flowing both ways either side of St John's Church. Presumably at this time the traffic must have merged by West Ham Town Hall. Traffic still appears to be relatively light but I would have thought it could not have been long after this date for safety reasons that the permanent gyratory system was introduced.

Stratford Broadway 1929
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