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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 16 February, 2019, 08:33:34 PM »
A wonderful post Mick, thankyou. An interesting aspect of this is that the map shows my childhood playgrounds I don't know what my generation would have done without bombsites.

About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« on: 12 February, 2019, 10:01:51 PM »
Hi Mick

I think I remember this smog. I was in Park infant school at the time and we were all kept in until an adult came to collect us. I remember cars had fog lamps (I think that is the correct name) fixed to the front bumper.

New Members / New members please
« 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.

Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: Roy Bailey dead
« on: 01 January, 2019, 10:51:20 PM »
Hi Rogier

Thanks for posting this. I am sad to say that I do not recall ever hearing of the man. I am all the more shamed as I studied sociology at Enfield Campus as a part time student.

About the Forums / Irrelevant Rambling
« on: 01 January, 2019, 10:35:23 PM »
Sorry to start off the New Year with a moan but...

I was going to reply to Linda's Christmas Greeting but in the end I lost interest. There were eleven replies to this post and only two of them had anything to do with the subject. I have had posts here hijacked in the past and my feelings have ranged from insulted to fuming at the bad manners.

I am perfectly sure that no offence was intended, and I am equally sure that many potential members find it a turn off.

Happy New Year to all.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Silvertown & North Woolwich
« on: 21 April, 2018, 08:05:15 PM »
Hi Mick, thanks for the pics. I have always had a sft spot for the area. My first job was at Tate & Lyles, Thames Wharf. I later worked at the RHM Premier mill in Victoria Docks and at Cross & Blackwells, Tay Wharf.

I had quite a few boozy sessions in the Jubilee Tavern which I believe is long gone now.

Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: Joe Brown
« on: 10 April, 2018, 02:28:53 PM »
I just looked him up on Wikipedia, he is still going strong. What I did not know was that he had performed on two of George Harrison's albums. I guess that really puts him in the top notch.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Toys
« on: 08 April, 2018, 05:39:30 PM »
Hi Mick

Thanks for the link. This is really interesting stuff. I had no idea that the hobby was so big and so worldwide. The only one that rings a bell is Aurora. I do however remember them advertising in American comics so I may be confused.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Toys
« on: 07 April, 2018, 05:12:30 PM »
Hi Ken

I know what you mean but there was no dad at the time. I did have an enthusiastic uncle. He tipped off my mum and future stepdad about an American firm that made cars that fit scalextric but were much more powerful. I got two for Christmas and was the happiest kid in the street. I wish I could remember the name.They were bought at Craftex in Leytonstone High Road.

Does anybody remember Craftex? They had two shops, close together. If memory is correct one was model railways and motor racing the other was construction kits, airfix etc. It was my idea of heaven.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Toys
« on: 07 April, 2018, 08:50:02 AM »
Wow that picture took me back. I did have this as a kid but had long forgotten it. I think the arrival of my skalextrics took my mind off of construction toys.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Sparrows
« on: 07 April, 2018, 08:44:21 AM »
Hi Laramie
I live near West Ham Park and use it a  lot. I do see the occasional thrush. Starlings are still around but not in the large numbers that they used to have.
There were some collared doves for a while but they vanished some years ago. I have heard woodpeckers there and we have a community of parakeets too.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« on: 25 March, 2018, 07:54:38 PM »
The things that newsagents sold in those days was amazing. I too collected matchbox cars (loved my Corgi and dinky models as well). One paper shop at least in my area sold toy soldiers which I also loved.

Then came stamp collecting. Many newsagents used to have packets of foreign stamps. You would get many duplicates which if you were lucky you could swap.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Sparrows
« on: 25 March, 2018, 09:08:18 AM »
I have seen a sparrow three times this month. Twice in West Ham Park and once by West Ham Station.
I would love these little birds to make a comeback, I was told last year that they were facing extinction.

Tracing your family history / Re: Twitchett Family History
« on: 28 September, 2017, 05:27:53 PM »
Hi Dave

Interesting post, thank you. I do not think that I had any ancestors at Trafalgar, but I do have one who appears to have been press ganged and served on HMS Aggamemnon (Nelson's ship before Victory). William Davis. He was a Thames Waterman by trade, apparently they were rather valued by the Royal Navy. I am rather proud of him myself.

I also have Audley connections via Yorkshire ancestry. I am not aware of any Lords though. Any connections I wonder?

Hi Georgian

Thanks for this post, it is, I think an important one. I am Newham born and bred, as is my Mother and three of my grandparents. As such its' history and those surviving photo's are deeply meaningful.  I have however found ancestors ranging from Limehouse to Yorkshire, and Essex to Manchester.
Each place, as I discover the connection becomes alive, a little bit of me was made there. It is then the duty of all communities to preserve their heritage and to make that knowledge available.

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