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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by KenM on 18 August, 2018, 02:04:50 PM »
Hi Harry, I cannot recall the name Davos, but then my old grey cells have gone into retirement mode.
Several of my family were Lightermen, on the Thames, a well paid & sought after job, if a little dangerous at times.
Another blast from the past is Andy Nelson, to tackle him in playground football was a no,no, he was a big lump who did not take prisoners.
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry on 18 August, 2018, 01:11:01 PM »
Hi Ken Talking of old school mates the firm I worked for sold the works at Stratford and moved to Hertford road Barking.
The river Roding ran around the back of the new works and was tidal connected to the river Thames and it was not unusual to see Barges moving up and down the river.
One  day to my surprise I spotted an old school mate strolling through the works to get to Hertford Road as a way of going home.
The mates name was Davey who,s nick name at school was Davos it  turned out that he was a Lighterman and he was moving a barge loaded with logs for a veneer firm up river from Barking Creek.
Obviously the barge had to move with the tide and when the tide turned he tied barge up until the tide changed and he could continue moving the barge up river to its destination quite a task for one man !!!.

Regards Harry.I.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« Last post by KenM on 17 August, 2018, 12:35:45 PM »
Hi Ed & MickG, the Barking Riverside development in my opinion, is a mish mash of so called social housing, so that the building targets can be met.
I hope that the building calculations have included the sum of clearing this  heavily contaminated site of toxic waste, asbestos etc, otherwise they will soon be scraping the barrel.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by KenM on 17 August, 2018, 11:44:04 AM »
Hi Ed, working with Reg Shaw was a doddle, he was so laid back & used to get on well with all in the workshop.
A mix of young & old could be volatile at times, but Reg would sail through the storm, no trouble.
For a while Reg's dad was the chippies mate, so kept a close eye on him.
Reg had a different view on authority than I, which created some laughs at times.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« Last post by ed styles on 16 August, 2018, 03:31:32 PM »
Mick  ,
         that word you were looking for you wont find, it was a fingerboard mis spelling of development I do make them now and then a bit like texting , can't be bothered altering them ,times to short mate .
All the best Ed
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« Last post by MickG on 15 August, 2018, 05:30:54 PM »
Hello Ed. I did look at the proposed development for Barking Riverside. In the main it appears to be more towering glass and steel constructions, which have never been to my taste. However that's just me and possibly a more younger generation will view them differently. Diopement is a word I have never heard of and even a Google search has failed to find one example of it worldwide. That includes variations just in case the was a spelling mistake.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by ed styles on 15 August, 2018, 04:14:24 PM »
Ken and Alf
 Your mention of Reg Shaw bought back memories of working with him late 60's . We were both Time served Chippies him with T&L and me in the Docks . We met up when working on the " buildings " for Wates in Woodford then Bethnal green and Lovalls in Stepney .In those days the Evening News had about 3-4 columns of buiding jobs so you had yer pick .Despite his big build I found Reg a quiet man he often let me do the slagging off as I am only 5.6" and him a good 6 + ft .I only found out on here last year he was about 9 yrs older then me I'm 74 so missed national service by a couple of years a really top bloke in the short time i knew him , I remember at one time we had to swing some really heavy doors so because of his big height I decided that he could chop the top butts in and little ol me the bottom butts that was a laugh.

 All the best ed
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« Last post by ed styles on 15 August, 2018, 03:37:19 PM »
Mick & Ken ,
  have been away for a while but picked up the Metro newspaper and in the property section aug 14 a big advert for a development where Barking power station used to be called Barking riverside . Thought I'd trawl through the wesite and in response to the earlier posts upgrading normal working class houses as Artisan dwellings or Dockers cottages Barking has excelled itself with a gem calling the new dlopement Barking the new Barcelona on Thames  , check it out  how times change .

 All the best Ed
Historical Newham / The Variagated Puppy
« Last post by dave twitchett on 13 August, 2018, 06:03:38 PM »
 Would somebody please update me re the current state of the Spotted Dog in Upton Lane. Is it still lying unheated and deteriorating or has the council actually removed digit and done something?  Dave Twitchett
Wartime stories / Re: East End Bombing
« Last post by ed styles on 09 August, 2018, 05:25:11 PM »
This subject has been posted on here many times over the years that I've been on here and the old site , Ive tried to campaign about releasing the true figures of deaths , but the authorities are sticking with the 70 odd released , but we " the relatives of lost loved ones " know there was amassive cover up over this , a possible reason I have read was so soon after Dunkirk , Churchill thought it bad for morale and a boost for German propaganda ,if the true figure were released .

All the best Ed
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