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The Newham Story => Historical Newham => Topic started by: Bill Sharpe on 24 January, 2009, 04:57:55 PM

Title: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Bill Sharpe on 24 January, 2009, 04:57:55 PM
Can anyone tell me what year West Ham Buildings in Manor Road was built, also what was there before, was it fields leading up to the railway or was it part of the Memorial Grounds?
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Kathy Taylor on 24 January, 2009, 07:15:49 PM
Hi Bill

West Ham or Manor Road Building went up in 1925. Here is a link to a photo and some information on the Newham Story website

On the 1914 OS map the area where the buildings are is shown as fields.

Hope this helps,

Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Bill Sharpe on 25 January, 2009, 05:37:49 PM
Many Thanks Kathy,
I knew I could depend on you.

Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Robert Rogers on 26 January, 2009, 08:15:03 AM
The original area was known as Star Fields and is mentioned on a map of London in 1777.

The area shows on a mid 19th century map as West Marsh.

The photo shown in the item is now apart of the development of the DLR station and Star Lane is closed off to allow for the new station, the remaining part of the old buildings area has the new extention of Stat Lane school built on it
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Limey on 31 March, 2009, 05:49:17 PM
I have very fond memories of the West Ham Buildings.  My aunt lived there in the 50's and I as a teenager lived in SW London and would spend a lot of week-ends there.  As I recall the outward appearance was shabby but the inside was very nice and cozy.  I remember a little Record shop nearby where I would sometimes buy a 78, anyone remember 'Sippin' Soda' by Guy Mitchell?  I drove my Aunt crazy playing it over and over again  :)
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: ALANF on 31 March, 2009, 06:22:13 PM
My late eldest sister lived in the buildings from the mid fifties to the mid sixties. She was rehoused there when the house she was living in was part of a slum clearence scheme. She lived in I think Clifford Rd., which was at the back of Canning Town Station. It was so old, it still had gas lighting. I was always fascinated when it got dark, seeing these pipes on the wall having a match put to them to provide lighting. How far we have come!
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Barry on 01 April, 2009, 08:01:45 AM
Limey, where was that picture taken please?
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Limey on 01 April, 2009, 06:29:03 PM
The picture was taken in 1953/54 on Holiday at Corton Beach Holiday camp in on the right.
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: nellanhoj on 01 April, 2009, 08:12:38 PM
Bill, try this link. and read about the grounds before the buildings. Arnold Hills west Ham united, etc. Very interesting.
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Barry on 02 April, 2009, 08:41:10 AM
Thanks Limey.
Wrong camp. If you had said Warners, Dovercourt (HiDeHi fame) I would have sworn blind that the couple behind you were my Aunt Lou and Uncle Bill from West Rd. Stratford.
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: ALANF on 02 April, 2009, 10:46:10 AM
Bill, try this link. and read about the grounds before the buildings. Arnold Hills west Ham united, etc. Very interesting.

I discovered about a year ago, that my maternal grandfather, Charles Hornsey, played for Thames Iron Works and West Ham United. He was a reserve in the White Horse final at Wembley, and one of my cousins still has his medal. He was by that time about 40 years old, but I don't think that was an exception in those days. 
With reference to the Chairman of TIW and his liking for cycling, I remember that my father once told me that cycling races were once staged at the Memorial Grounds.
That was a great read, the history of the football team. What great days they were. Winning promotion in 1958 and providing 3 members of the world cup winning side.
Although I haven't lived in West Ham for many years, during my travels, no matter where in the world, come Saturday, I have always looked to see how the "boys" have done.
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Limey on 02 April, 2009, 05:16:29 PM
Sorry it would have been quite a really is a small World.  Corton Beach apparently opened up in 1933..found this old pic. on Google.
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Tony_H on 11 October, 2009, 10:46:17 AM
Hi All
I'm new to the board and would would be grateful for your knowledge.
I've been researching my family tree and have been visiting places to make a photo record to bring the history to "life" a bit.
I lived in Belmont Road from late 50's to early 60's.  The name of the road has changed but some of the original buildings still stand and some have been demolished.
This is a bit of a long-shot but would anyone have any records / maps or photos of the area showing the original layout.
All the best and many thanks in advance.
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: billyboy on 27 October, 2009, 06:13:14 PM
 I used to hang about the [buildings] when i was about 16 - 18 had many good times there partys and a few bonfire nights  on the mems, and a few other things i could tell you about  which i think i better not......
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: MickG on 04 March, 2019, 04:52:26 PM
This is another picture I came across on the Britain from Above website taken. Due to the amount of detail in the picture, I have split it in two.  It shows Canning Town north of the Barking Road and stretching all the way to Stratford. Being taken immediately post-war, extensive bomb damage can clearly be seen. To assist getting ones bearings, The Royal Oak and Canning Town Public Library in Barking Road can be seen centre bottom of the picture. The Peggy Leggy steps can be seen to the top left and if scrolled right, the as yet undemolished Trinity Church and be seen on the corner of Hermit Road. Hilda and Pretoria Road Schools can be seen top centre (right).

In the second picture Manor Road Buildings and the Memorial Recreation Ground can be seen. I think the white dots on the recreation ground may have been connected with the WW2 AA Battery that used to be there.

This particular thread was well subscribed to in the past by previous members, and hopefully if they still have the same email addresses, they should receive an email notification.

Scroll right to view more of the image.

Canning Town North Barking Road - Hilda Road School ( required copyright licence notice

Canning Town North - Hilda Road School - Stratfford
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: Andy C on 05 March, 2019, 07:38:30 PM
Hello MikG and all the old timers who still monitor this site like I do. Thanks for resurrecting these photo's as they show the area in which I lived from 1948 until 1977. Centre of the top photo shows Liverpool Road in almost its entirety, from Barking Road to Star Lane with the blue flag indicating The Anchor PH. The bomb damaged area is now the location of Avondale Court. Prior to the devastation caused by a land mine the road through the site was Gage Road, when the court was constructed the road was split with the north becoming Dale Road. What is of interest, is the houses adjacent to the site that appear to have sheeting over their roofs. I also noticed a circular feature on the bomb site and one of similar shape on the bomb site at the top of Malmesbury Road close to Star Lane, could these be water tanks used by the AFB to supplement water supplies. Incidentally the low level building in Liverpool Road was still there in 1977, we held our wedding reception there.

Good to be back AndyC
Title: Re: West Ham Buildings
Post by: MickG on 06 March, 2019, 12:20:18 AM
Hello Andy, Great to hear from you again. I did find another photograph on the Britain from Above website that was obviously taken at the same time as the one you have already seen. This one is centred on the old Rathbone Street with Barking Road running through the middle and reaches as far east as the Barking Road/Star Lane junction.

I did zoom into the circular features you mention which you can do on their website although there comes a point where definition starts to break down with the greater magnification. At first I though these circular features looked too shallow to be Emergency Water Supply Tanks (EWS) but I found another one which was still full of water located on Hudson Road. I also looked up images these tanks on Google which confirms that is exactly what they are. The one on Google are brick built and look about four feet high, but they do contain a good supply of water.

I also note there is a row of five Nissan huts in Percy Road and in the second photograph, (unpublished here), there is a row of prefabs running either side of Fisher Street.