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Ken, I never did "cockling" at Whitstable but remember in the 1950s our family along with our neighbours used to go to Shoeburyness East Beach to do "cockling". We used to collect the cockles in big leather shopping bags and buckets and remember all of us coming home to East Ham in the old "slam door" steam train where we took up the whole compartment. I'm sure that the compartment remained empty for the rest of the day due to the mess and smell that the cockles made.

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 30 April, 2019, 06:07:12 PM »
As Mick says many of us have "emigrated" to the various Facebook Groups but still browse and contribute to this site from time to time. On Facebook there are also groups that deal with Manor Park, Manor Park and East Ham, and East Ham so the whole of Newham is covered in one way or another. I think we were badly let down when this site closed without warning a couple of years ago. Some months later Linda and I were asked if we would be prepared to assist in the admin and we both visited Stratford Library but nothing became of it. We also suggested that it wouldn't be too much hardship if all the former contributors were sent an e-mail advising that the site was back up but again nothing became of it. As Mick says with Facebook you may have to tolerate some rubbish comments from some individuals which you soon learn to ignore. There are some great photos of the area on Facebook and it is good to see former contributors to this site like Stan Dyson and Mark Brennan posting regularly. A real pity that posting photos on this site which open up discussion is almost impossible. ED, I feel for you in your predicament but am aware that Mrs S. is on Facebook and I am sure she will let you know how it works.

Historical Newham / Wives of Henry VIIIth.
« on: 04 March, 2019, 07:54:43 PM »
I watched an interesting couple of TV programmes on Channel 5 on the last 2 Saturdays regarding the wives on Henry V111th. Quite easy now to remember the order, Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived. We all know the "connection" with Boleyn Castle, Boleyn Pub and The Boleyn Ground and many of us will realise that some roads off of Barking Road were named after his wives. Arragon Road -  wife 1 - Catherine of Arragon, Boleyn Road - wife 2 - Anne Boleyn, Seymour Road - wife 3 - Jane Seymour. Cleeves Road - wife 4 - Anne of Cleeves, Parr Road - wife 6 - Catherine Parr. But does anyone know why wife 5 - Catherine Howard did not have a road named after her? I know there is a Howard Road East Ham in the Bonnydowns area but would have thought that the houses in that road were built considerably later than the roads near the football ground where the mainly Victorian houses were demolished in the early 1960s so no idea why Catherine Howard was omitted unless it was anything to do with her life style pre-marriage.

New Members / Re: битые авто из сша
« on: 13 February, 2019, 03:24:15 PM »
Another abso9lute load of rubbish. Obviously you have no intention of posting anything that relates to the history of Newham on this site so I don't see why you waste your time and effort!

New Members / Re: авто из сша
« on: 11 February, 2019, 02:25:07 PM »
What a load of Rubbish!

About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« on: 10 February, 2019, 09:21:22 PM »
I also think it was the last time we had smog in London as I think the Clean Air act came in very soon after. The smog seemed to last for ages although I think it was only 4 or 5 days at the beginning of December. It was my first year at work and I think we were allowed to leave the office 30 minutes early. At the time my mother worked in Caters in High Street North and one evening the boss kindly offered her a lift home in his car. I think she said it took the best part of an hour to drive from Myrtle Road to Strone Road where the boss abandoned his car and decided to walk the rest of the way home to Woodford. Around 3 weeks after the smog we had the very heavy snowfall which disrupted life for 5 or 6 weeks.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 01 February, 2019, 03:41:05 PM »
The statistics show that the most people viewing posts occurred as recently as October 2018 (233) which I find a bit of a surprise. If only some of the viewers to the site each day would take the step and contribute then things might take off again.  Certainly the situation that occurred 3 or so years ago when the forum was taken down without warning was a contributory factor to the situation. Some time after that I know that Linda and I were invited to be Moderators for the group by London Borough of Newham and we both attended meetings on different occasions at Stratford Library. They were due to discuss the situation "in house" and get back to us but I didn't hear any thing further. Photos often stimulate interest far more quickly than the written word and the fact that it is so difficult and, virtually impossible, to post photos to the site is a major contributory factor to the apparent lack of postings. I know that someone us, Linda, Mick and myself, have joined Local History Groups on Facebook where we have occasionally "bumped" into each other and certainly some of the items posted within those groups would be good subjects for this site.

About the Forums / Jospeh Hunt
« on: 19 January, 2019, 09:28:17 PM »
I have just read a post from Mark Brennan, who used to be a regular contributor to this site, on a Facebook Group advise that Joseph Hunt,who was also a frequent contributor to this site, had passed away aged 92.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Stratford Broadway
« on: 19 January, 2019, 04:06:44 PM »
Hi Mick, I can never remember traffic flowing both ways around St. Johns in Stratford Broadway and would imagine that where it merged which may have been near the Town Hall or at the junction of the High Street and Angel Lane would have been chaotic and as you say it is likely that any change would have been made pre-war or immediately following the war. I have not been to Stratford for a few years now but a friend of mine who visits his father every weekend in Stratford has told me that the latest traffic flow system is chaotic.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Road Name Query
« on: 01 January, 2019, 10:05:57 AM »
Glad that I wasn't alone on the mis-spelling! Just seen an old notice in the London Gazette re Parking Enforcement where the name is also spelt as Streatfield. Does that invalidate any parking tickets that may have been issued.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Road Name Query
« on: 23 December, 2018, 02:25:05 PM »
Unfortunately this query does not sit easily under any category but on the Newham History Facebook Group discussion was taking place about the White Horse Statue at Roof Level above the shops in Barking Road opposite the Town Hall Annexe. In the discussion someone pointed out that the name of Streatfield Road was on the street name plates as Streatfeild Road. Google Street Maps also show it as Streatfeild. I have always spelt it as Streatfield so has my spelling been incorrect for 60+ years or have Newham Council dropped a clanger?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 07 December, 2018, 09:43:19 PM »
Wilson and Whitworth was to the north (Manor Park side) of the entrance to the old East Ham Registry Office that was situated in Station Chambers. I remember the card shop that Linda mentions and I did use it on occasions. it was further down towards Heigham Road just past what was Williams Galleries (the large furniture store). I can't be 100% sure but think the card shop was quite deep and narrow, possibly a "half shop" with a greengrocers occupying the other half.

About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« on: 17 November, 2018, 08:06:06 PM »
It is obvious that many of us who have been members of the group for some years do not post as frequently as we used to and that applies to me as much as anyone else. I just happened to glance at the Home Page when logging on a few minutes ago and was very surprised to see that the most people on line, 233, was achieved as recently as October 23rd 2018. It would be interesting to know why people are happy to view and perhaps not join and contribute!

Wartime stories / Re: What was "war damage payment"?
« on: 27 October, 2018, 09:34:03 PM »
I had heard of the "War Damages Claims" some years ago but was never too sure as to how the payments were determined. I understood that any claims needed to be made within a specific time scale which I guess was difficult to do during the war and also that the claim was only to put the building back into it's pre existing state with no scope for any improvement. I think the War Damages Committee or whatever it was called existed until the mid 1950s. My own experience concerned a building erected in the 1930s which suffered what seemed minor damage when a bomb landed close by. It was not until the early 1960s that structural damage became apparent with a "split" in the brickwork from top to bottom and also that all the Crtital Window Frames had distorted during the bombing leaving ever increasing gaps around the frames.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 07 October, 2018, 09:59:16 PM »
Hi Ed,
I couldn't remember Lew Rose in Barking Road opposite the Town Hall but back in 2011 there was a post on this group concerning "Newham Tailors" and 2 people mentioned that Lew Rose was in Barking Road opposite the Town Hall so I guess it was in the parade between Times Furnishing and the corner of Keppel Road.
Also to say that some time ago you mentioned that you worked in the Ideal Radio Repair Shop in High Street North which was situated opposite the Black Lion just past Clements Road. You also said that you purchased Marilyn's Wedding Ring from Empire Bullion which was next door. Both closed down many years ago so it is too late to get a refund on the ring! Please pass on my love to Marilyn!
Kind Regards

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