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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 08 April, 2019, 07:40:31 PM »
I'm sure I have posted this before but it still makes me laugh that if something was useless or someone had done something pointless my granddad used to say "like a one legged man in an a**e kicking contest". I frequently refer to the toilet as the khazi and I think this is from my dad and his lifelong friend who often used this term.

Hi All

If the location on the Britain from Above website is correct, and I have no reason to doubt it, then I estimate the centre of the cross
is pretty much on the eastern boundary of what is now Calverton Primary School.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Balaam Street
« on: 28 February, 2019, 04:39:35 PM »
Used to like swimming at Balaam St Baths. 2d half from Upton Lane on the 278 bus. I remember going for Polio vaccinations (by needle) in a clinic along Balaam St and the old cow that used to do them used to hold the needle up in front of you and squirt a bit out but you had seen what was to come and were petrified.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 17 February, 2019, 06:16:39 PM »
That was as much use a s a chocolate teapot, or as my grandad used to say a one legged man in an a**e kicking contest.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 17 February, 2019, 06:13:49 PM »
I think I've finally managed to work out how to post a picture so here goes. I am attempting to post a map
that I have of all the V2 impacts on Newham. Its quite a large file so if it doesn't upload perhaps someone can advise me on the best way to go about it

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 14 February, 2019, 07:37:13 PM »
That the ones Mick.
For anyone who hasn't had a gander at the Britain From Above website it's got some really good stuff on it
and some of the images are of such quality you can zoom in and the image doesn't blur which is more than
can be said for some sites.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 12 February, 2019, 05:54:34 PM »
Hi all
If you go on to the Newham website and in the photos section under Custom House you will find the picture in question and also another
entitled West Ham Stadium Looking North East. if you click on that one it shows the area from a different perspective but on the left hand
side of the photo you can clearly see the same V2 damaged area albeit being used as a temporary car park . This photo was taken in 1947
whilst a speedway meeting was in progress. There is a remarkably similar photo from a slightly different perspective on the Britain From Above
website which can be zoomed in to show good detail. The photo on this website is EAW007206 but the search facility isn't great so search for Custom House and then scroll down to find the photo as they are listed in image number sequence.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 10 February, 2019, 07:35:27 PM »
Hi Ken
I have seen this photo before and I think it shows the V2 impact site in PRL which was between Ripley Rd and Tree Rd. It landed on 30th Dec 1944.
The roads in the  photo are Tree Rd nearest to the camera and Ripley Rd on the far side of the cleared area. Most of this area has been rebuilt except the houses on the far side of Ripley Rd which seem to have survived pretty much intact. If you look on Google Maps you will see the houses on both side of  Ripley Rd are still there including the gable end of the house closest to the impact.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 29 November, 2018, 06:44:40 PM »
I can remember as a young child that a man shot some policeman in West Ham Lane and the surrounding roads.
He was cornered in a phone box near Wanstead flats where he shot himself I think the phone box was on the corner
of Blake Hall Crescent. I don't think there is a police station in West Ham Lane any more but it used to be opposite the Rec.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Silvertown & North Woolwich
« on: 23 April, 2018, 02:39:04 PM »
Hi Mick

I agree with you. It is almost certainly Kennard Street in the foreground. If you look carefully you can just make out St marks spire in the middle distance.


Historical Newham / Re: Barking to Beckton Light Railway
« on: 07 April, 2018, 05:21:16 PM »
Unfortunately there still appears to be a problem with posting photos so I can't attach a map. The tramway seems to have branched off the main system at the junction of North St, East St & The Broadway. Going down The Broadway into Gascoigne Rd then turning right into Boundary Rd The bridge  over Barking Creek / Roding was slightly west of the junction of Abbey Road and Boundary Road. Both roads seem to have survived the re-development but no longer meet at a junction. If you go to the link below the bridge is about halfway down the map on the right hand side. Once across the creek the tramway continued more or less southerly until it met Jenkins Lane then followed this to its terminus immediately to the north of the sewer bank.


Historical Newham / Re: Henry John Billing
« on: 12 December, 2017, 02:10:56 PM »
Here is a link which will take you to details of the case in The Old Bailey Archives.

The family lived in Shepherd St Plaistow which has been completely rebuilt but their house was about
2/3 of the way down on the right as you walk from Hermit Rd Rec. I haven't read the full account but
on first browse  it seems a strange affair indeed.


Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Interests and skills
« on: 16 November, 2017, 06:53:51 PM »
An interesting topic Mick.
As a young lad I and my mates used to get up to all sorts of things, some  perhaps best not mentioned. Unfortunately as I get older some of these are no longer possible and have been replaced by other interests. I have had a lifelong love of fishing which started when we used to go and catch dozens of small perch in Sandhills pond on Wanstead Flats and later  graduated to a better standard of fishing at Eagle Pond and Hollow Pond as well as the lakes in Wanstead Park. Like you I have always been interested in history, though more so 19th & 20th century than earlier, in particular local history where places and events seem more real than just Kings & Queens type history and this has led to an interest in genealogy. I also loved a game of football , in the street or anywhere else, and I have played, coached and been involved in football until about three years ago when I decided it was time to leave it to the youngsters. Building box carts and bikes from what we could scrounge gave me a familiarity in working with tools and materials which led to a working life in engineering from which I retired 18 months ago. In my time I have passed on what skills I had in all these matters to dozens if not hundreds of  apprentices, children and others and this has given me a great deal of satisfaction. I have my Nan and Grandad to thank for my love of cards and dominoes.  I spent many an hour watching them play crib and fascinated by the board and pegs then when I was old enough  to understand they taught me how to play.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Territorial Newham
« on: 25 October, 2017, 08:07:59 PM »
As a Forest Gate boy I knew the roads between Green St and West Ham Lane very well even as a lad aged 10 or 11.
We were able to ride our bikes  or walk the streets safely at quite a young age and cars were comparatively rare in
those days. One of our favourite rides was through the back doubles to Bakers Row or Road then over the footbridge
across the railway at Stratford Market, into Abbey Lane then up to Stratford High St and back along the canal bank
over a couple of bridges and along the sewer bank to either PRL or Balaam St then through the back doubles to
Upton Lane. It was probably about an hours steady ride but with time taken to throw stones in the canal, play
Knock Down Ginger put chains back on etc it took us most of a morning. Great Fun

Hi All

My Dad worked at Yardley's box factory and when he came home from work there was always a smell about him.
It wasn't unpleasant but was quite a strong smell of mixed aromas. A couple of my mates dads also worked there
at times and the same smell was noticeable. Going on the single decker bus that used to run down Carpenters Rd
the smells emanating from the various factories ( Boake Roberts, Yardleys other factory, Paint Works, Meat processors
and various other pen and inks) was enough to make you hold your nose. Now all gone and the Olympic site built
over the top of them.

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