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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Bingley Road.
« on: 16 June, 2019, 07:02:35 PM »
Not Bingley Road but Otley Road instead. However as it is only the next street along, perhaps there are some faces those that lived in Bingley Road might recognise.

Otley Road

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Borough Theatre Stratford
« on: 10 June, 2019, 04:20:46 PM »
It's a pity that lovely old corner fa├žade and cupola disappeared when the theatre was converted to a cinema.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Borough Theatre Stratford
« on: 09 June, 2019, 07:21:19 PM »
We often hear of the Theatre Royal in Stratford, but for over 30 years the Borough Theatre at the junction of Stratford High Street and Bridge Road held sway. In the 1930's the theatre was converted into the Rex Cinema and is now a night club.

Borough Theatre 1911

Rex cinema

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Bridge Road Pictures
« on: 28 May, 2019, 03:05:02 PM »
Ediie, I have now been able to find another 1952 aerial photograph of Stratford on the Britain from Above website, which I have magnified and  shows a much better view of Bridge Road, as well as Stratford Market Station. Again you will need to use the left/right scroll bar at the bottom of the picture to see the full view.

I also looked at an old Ordnance Survey map to see where your home at 22 Bridge Road was located and magnified the section around the Albion PH. If I am correct, you can see your old home just in view, four properties to the left of the Albion PH.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Bridge Road Pictures
« on: 28 May, 2019, 12:27:52 AM »
Hello Eddie. I have loaded the 'Drivers View' of Stratford Market Station as you requested. The second picture is a magnified section of a 1952 hi-res aerial picture I created from the Britain from Above Website. I then loaded the picture I created onto my own website, which I needed to do to be able to feed it into this message. As you will see I have centered it on Stratford Market Station and have included as much of Bridge Road as was in the picture. There is also a lot of central Stratford in the background.

Because of its size, you will need to use the slider bar at the bottom of the picture to see it all.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Bridge Road Pictures
« on: 27 May, 2019, 02:12:23 AM »
Hello Eddiie, I have heard someone ask for pictures of Bridge Road before and I know they are difficult to find. The only one I came across was this picture of Stratford Market Station taken in 1952 which shows Bridge Road running along one side of it.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 23 May, 2019, 09:00:15 AM »
Alf, the only other place I can think that may be interested in your collection is the Docklands History group. The link is below. It might be worth getting in contact with them if you have not already done so.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 22 May, 2019, 05:34:05 PM »
Hello Alf, The Museum of London might well be interested in your collection. Try copying and pasting the following link for further information

Ed the board suddenly went offline about a week ago and all one saw was a message which said database error. However it came back online today.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 15 May, 2019, 09:04:33 PM »
I watched and interesting programme about navigation once. Although working out a ships latitude had been known for many years, finding out its longitude had long proved to be elusive. It was a Suffolk clock maker called John Harrison that eventually solved the problem with clocks. Clocks on a long sea voyage by sail were notorious for the inaccuracy as there was no way of checking them. The ball on the pole at Greenwich observatory drops at a given time of day and when Greenwich was a centre of naval dominance, it was how they set their clocks. Harrison had to build clocks that were very accurate.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 13 May, 2019, 02:07:28 AM »
Hello Ed, They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is the Roystan Grange and as you said, she looked very elegant.

Royston Grange

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 11 May, 2019, 12:11:20 AM »
Harry, They were cube shaped actually.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 09 May, 2019, 03:45:20 PM »
I remember the ships carpenters were always busy making oblobolobs.

About the Forums / Re: Drones
« on: 04 May, 2019, 04:15:53 PM »
Ken, The picture below I created using Google Earth and the large expanse of land is Chingford Plain. It is where model aircraft enthusiasts fly their models. The location is the end of the London building line where Epping Forest starts. The large building top right is the Royal Forest Hotel and that is Rangers Road leading up to it.

The liquid you smelled that made you feel a bit queasy is called dope and it is used to harden fabric and tissue paper and also makes it shrink which makes it tight and hard over the airframe. It was also used on larger aircraft like the Gypsy Moth and Swordfish. My home adjoins the Yeovilton air base and years ago an old cattle farmer told me one of the Swordfish had to make an emergency landing in one of his fields. The farmer advised the pilot against leaving his aircraft unattended but the pilot thought otherwise. While the pilot went off to phone for help, a herd of cattle surrounded his plane and apparently they have a liking for the taste of dope. When the pilot returned, all he found was just a bare airframe and engine left. The rasp like tongues of the cattle had eaten the rest.

About the Forums / Re: Drones
« on: 04 May, 2019, 11:53:39 AM »
Ken, I think you might have meant Chingford Plain near the Royal Forest Hotel as Chingford Mount is a busy public road. My older brother used to make model airplanes but of the type shown in the picture driven by a large and thick elastic band. He used to fly them on the open land by Whipps Cross Road. Then he turned his hand to motor driven model boats. There were a lot of these on Sunday mornings at the Hollow Ponds. I think enthusiasts also used the small pond on Wanstead Flats.

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 30 April, 2019, 05:34:21 PM »
Ken don't forget that Newham shut the board down overnight without warning or explanation. There was no form of notification either when the board was resurrected. Many of the old contributors looked for other outlets and I know a lot of them now of Facebook. The big difference I find between the two is that you do not tend to get the same in-depth discussion as you do here.

Often I have posted an in-depth article on Facebook and many of the replies are like, my mums aunts step-child three times removed used to live in Stratford.  :)

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