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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 03 December, 2018, 10:11:29 PM »
Queen Marys Hospital  , had me Tonsils removed then , and taken home in a wartime ambulance , alas no siren

 All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« on: 25 November, 2018, 01:21:05 PM »
Ken    What ? Going to pull down the Denmark surely not . Years ago I posted some memories of mid 60s drinking there , nothing serious but after a friday session at the steam bathes opposite and losing some weight with some of the Chaps we wouid pop into the Denmark and probably put it all back on . As it happens one of our slimming group called Frank was at that time going out with the Guv'nors daughter called Jan so we managed a few  ( freemans) . This was also a handy Drinker when we visited the Town Hall dances great times

 All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« on: 20 November, 2018, 05:21:49 PM »
Ken still on the Dentist theme , I used to go to the Council clinic at Vicarage rd in Barking mid 50s and the Dentist was a frightening Scottish man who when he lent over you to work on yer teeth always smelt of ,I dont know what really weird, some time later after he was replaced I found out he had been struck off for being drunk, it was Whisky I could smell , I think me Dad was a Brown Ale man .

All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: lord sugars the apprentice
« on: 12 November, 2018, 07:51:41 PM »
Ken no don't get off yer soap box ,only a few of us left to tell what it was like ,I really would like to put it all down in a small book but where do I start , I've been a Blacksmiths Lad at Harland & Woolf ,my first entry into the colorful world of the Docks ,was offered an Apprenticeship there but really wanted Woodwork  then tried almost all the Ship repairers as a Shipwright but no vacancies , then one of the biggest Shipping Lines in the Docks ,Shaw Savills offered me an Indentured Apprenticeship with them as a as a Ships Carpenter/ Joiner and after 5 years going to sea with them. After mooching about the Docks plying my trade meeting unbelievable characters in 69 was told my family Ticket as a Docker was avilable te me. The Dock labour system of casuals was now gone due to Lord Devlin proposals and all Dockers woild now have an Employer ,I went to Southern Stevedores, again more humorous stories and have to say that it was not striking at the drop of a hat and stealing from cargo , yes it went on but over done in the media .The feeling of part of a family hit home to me when on one Ship Iwas loading one of the gangs working one of the 5 hatches ( holds) a gang member was fatally killed. There was no question of walking off the ship , instead the 5 ship gangs carried on till their end in the evening and all the days wages were automatically paid to his widow , how many people working today wouil give a days wages in memory .
Oh and before you ask why I gave up askilled job to be a Docker ,in short, money .The dockers now had secure employment and regular money where as the casual carpenter and jobbing joiners in the docks had no security ,so I chose the former .

All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / lord sugars the apprentice
« on: 09 November, 2018, 09:12:58 PM »
Hi ,
    watched the show last night  8 nov regarding the hopefuls branding a suppose new Airline . The opening of the episode saw Mr Sugar standing on a runway , and I did a double take at the view , it was London City Airport and where he wasstanding was the original middle road running east to west between the King George v and Royal Albert Docks . Over the years 59 -72 I slogged up and down that now runway never imagining that an Aircraft would be landing and taking off from this spot . I could tell Lord Sugar some stories of those days in the Docks if he fancied a Pie and a Pint my treat  .
 All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 11 October, 2018, 05:04:20 PM »
Doug , seems you can remember more about my pre Wedding arrangements than me ,well let me assure you I have no wish to pop along to the said Jewellers and get a refund from from her Ring it is still nice and sparkly probably due to the fact I make her rinse it three times a day in dish water  haa 

All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 06 October, 2018, 08:36:33 PM »
Hi all ,
 wouid I be right in thinking in the last photo along the Barking Rd 66 years after that photo was taken there was a very well known Tailor Lew Rose  who made my 3 piece Wedding gear it would be nice to add a fairytale end and say it s still hanging in my wardrobe but alas its not . In 59 -60 I had a saturday job in one of the Television shops up the High st on the right hand side but can't remember which one Linda or Doug help me out
All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 14 September, 2018, 09:00:37 PM »
Mick , spot on , I used to have a lovely picture of a Beano outing gathered outside of the pub circa 30s but lent it and never got it back will try and get it back . In the 50-60s the pub was almost opposite as I remember ? the footbridge over the railway into the Vic dock where the original Custom House stood  and was a taking on place for casual labour  for Blue Star Ships by Cork Insulation I was taken on for work there in65 ish  one of our posters  Ken M shouid remember , anyway the point was to get over into the Dock you had to use the footbrige and the Steps on it and it was rightly or wrongly assumed the area there was called the Steps like the pub ,   you take your choice
All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 14 September, 2018, 06:32:31 PM »
Mick ,Poppy Linda ,
 as usual Mick has come up with a gem of a picture , but not to be to picky regarding the Steps pub which I remember , your picture Mick is actually showing the old Freemasons Tavern which later became the Barge and the pub below it on the opposite corner of Freemasons road was the Railway Tavern which was more or less opposite Custom House Station.
Now on Micks picture we see a buiding set back from Vic Dock Rd and this was the Steps pub or Spanish Seps ,all three of these Pubs were well known and used on a M

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 12 September, 2018, 04:45:02 PM »
Ken , my time in the Dock was 59 - 72 this was including a spell at sea and later working as a Docker till 72 and I always remember it being called on acount of the United States Line  or yankee boats berthing there mainly in front of the gates outside the Gallions pub  . Later on I think late 60s they built a large berth by the swing bridge into thr Vic again in front of a pub this time the Graving DockPub I thinlk the berth was Shed no 4 as we used th refer to a berth by their No shed , the Glen line boats were No 13 shed KGV  ,hope this helps mate 
All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 08 September, 2018, 04:28:57 PM »
poppy show ,
               On your magical mystery tour you mentioned the retail park , well that was on the site of the old Beckton Gasworks and If I remember right there is still an old Gasometer there by the Tescos  car park. I also remember the Ferndale pub always busy morning and lunchtime with Dock workers and straight ahead on the road outside the pub was the Swing bridge you mentioned which was the way in for Ships from the Albert dock basin we used to call Dollar bay sadly gone as well and now replaced by a high road bridge called the Steve redgrave bridge and just on your right side the campus for East london University . Writing this I can remember It clearly although nearly 60 yrs ago very happy memories of my times working in the Docks

 All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 03 September, 2018, 11:07:43 PM »
Poppy show ,
   the Barking Creek you refer to always was called the Town Quay , the one I was posting about was Barking Riverside near where the Powerstation was sited  . This area was Creekmouth but it would seem when the D.L.R. reachs it it will become Barking Riverside , how times change . Before the big flood barrier gates were fitted on the mouth of the Roding from the Thames we were often nearly flooded and in 53 were ,  the middle of the Rodind is the dividing line between Barking and East Ham all the way up to the Town Quay .

All the best Ed

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« 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: A Dead Horse
« 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?
« 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

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