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Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« Last post by dave twitchett on Today at 07:57:12 PM »
Have just bought a postcard of Montpelier Gardens c1908 when I believe newly built.What a neat and tidy place it was then. No parked cars of course and no do it yourselfers to alter the porches and thus spoil the effect of the terrace. The London plane trees which line the street were newly planted saplings still with their  stakes. After being bombed out in Geoffrey I lived in Montpelier Gdns from 1941 -1958 .I often wondered why the French name, and whether the plane trees were meant to give the place some French ambiance. Whatever, every fall the leaves came in handy each November for stuffing  our guys. Everybody pronounced the word as though it were  English-MONT PEELIA. I never once in all those years heard anybody recite the name French fashion. I am surprised to see the Plane trees still there and pollarded annually which must be labour intensive and costly. Just as well though as when the water table was high the coal cellars flooded. How much worse would it have been had not those trees lifted a lot of moisture from the soil, which after all was reclaimed drained marshland. On the postcard in the dim distance I can make out  buildings in Geoffrey Gardens which must have predated the terrace where the bombs dropped  which looked interwar to me so would not have been there  in 1908. Anybody know what those buildings were? Sincerely Dave Twitchett
About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« Last post by KenM on Today at 12:35:05 PM »
Hi Ed & MickG, many thanks for your prompt replies.
A great shame that the once lively forum appears to be on its knees.
Come on you Hammers, log in & register (IT'S FREE) there must be a wealth of interest & cockney humour that will kick start this forum.
About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« Last post by MickG on Today at 08:59:18 AM »
 I found out quite by accident that this board was online again. I also found out the automated email system that sends messages to people when further comments are made was also working.

The only way I had of contacting people was via existing messages and I chose a number of topics that had been well contributed to in a effort to spread the word about the boards revival. That did attract numbers back but unfortunately not enough. When the board was taken down I know lots of members switched to alternative social media like FaceBook. I know FaceBook can be very seductive due to it's instant rapport nature but most contribution there lacks the depth of knowledge expressed through this board. I actually believe their is room for both.

I also managed to find a way of adding new images to this site which I did in quite a number of new articles in a attempt to stimulate conversation, but unfortunately most of this was limited to the few members that had returned. It is possible to tell from the "Who is online" feature at the bottom of the main page that the board is still well viewed throughout the day, but so far few viewers have taken that extra step to register for an account to contribute their knowledge and memories to the board.

I would take this opportunity to once again appeal to viewers to register for an account and share their knowledge. This board does contain a wealth of social history from previous contributors and personal contributions no matter how large or small, are vital to keeping the board interesting. After all, conversation is a two-way process and good conversation attracts more contributors which in turn leads to even better debate.

So if you are someone that has enjoyed viewing the topics and memories on this board, please come and join us. It is free and simple to join. We would love to hear from you.
About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« Last post by ed styles on 18 April, 2018, 06:41:49 PM »
Ken mate , your doing nothing wrong, its been like this since it started up again about 6 m0nths ? some members have switched to face book sites  ,don't have the answer mate , theres enough history and subjects going back to when I first joined over 10 years ago to keep everyone interested ,but you know what they say about leading a horse to water///////

All the best Ed
About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« Last post by KenM on 18 April, 2018, 03:26:08 PM »
What has happened to this once busy & friendly forum?
I have tried to start several posts, but little to no response.
Is there another forum? Am I missing something?
Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« Last post by KenM on 17 April, 2018, 11:03:55 AM »
Thank you Mick for your research into Coolfin.
Such an unusual name, I did believe there was a story to be told.
Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« Last post by MickG on 16 April, 2018, 09:55:47 PM »
Ken, I have tried researching the origins of the name Coolfin, but there is very little about it. There are a couple of locations with than name in Ireland and there is reference to it possibly being a derivative of the Lakes of Cold Flynn but not much else.

I did also look at the genealogy site I subscribe and which has extensive records, but that lists only one person as having that name. All of this tends to make the naming origins of the road something of a mystery. The only other possibility is that 'Coolfin' was a invented word.
Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« Last post by KenM on 15 April, 2018, 02:51:04 PM »
Hi Ed, another change of name comes to mind, that of Connaught Approach to Randolph Approach.
Now that Randolph Rd has been commited to history, will Connaught Approach be reborn?
Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« Last post by ed styles on 15 April, 2018, 01:05:43 PM »
Ken, sorry can't help you, but I also have a strange question , my Mum was born in Martindale rd just along from Coolfin and it seems that most of my Uncles and Aunts Were , well after WWII nothing remained and with the Keirhardy estate rebuilt the Martindale rd was renamed Clemence ave , well a few years ago the name was changed to guess Martindale Ave   .

 All the best Ed
Historical Newham / Street names
« Last post by KenM on 14 April, 2018, 01:49:51 PM »
Hi All, I have always wondered how Coolfin Rd got its unusual name.
Have any Custom Hse wizards got any thoughts or answers?
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