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Wartime stories / East End Bombing
« on: 04 August, 2018, 09:14:27 PM »
Programme just finished on BBC 2 this evening regarding the Blitz and the effect on Canning Town in September 1940. Particular reference to the UXB at 8 Martindale Road and the South Hallsville School tragedy that occurred a few days later. Worth watching on i-player if you missed it tonight.


Often, as a child, I was dragged from East Ham to Elm Park to visit some great aunts and uncles. In those days It was possible to get a train from the bay platform at East Ham Station to St. Pancras and I think the service finished in the early 1960s. The bay platform later became a garden tended to by the staff of East ham Station. As the District Line train travelled towards Barking the lines to St. Pancras bore to the left behind Shakespeare Crescent and where Hathaway Crescent now stands was the East Ham Underground Depot which was in us until the depot was built at Upminster. This photo of the Little Ilford Signal Box shows the lines to St. Pancras going to the left with the underground depot in the distance.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Woolworth East Ham
« on: 14 June, 2018, 04:24:41 PM »

The original F W Woolworth Store in High Street North situated opposite East Ham Station

Historical Newham / East Ham Salvation Army
« on: 16 May, 2018, 07:16:09 PM »
It is with sadness that I advise that East Ham Salvation Army Citadel in Wakefield Street will be closing it's doors for the last time in July 2018. Although The Salvation Army operates in 128 countries it has found it's operations in the UK to be very challenging over the past 30 years particularly in those areas where the demographics have change considerably. The SA has also experienced far less people willing to be trained as full time SA Officers and, whereas over 100 entered the Training College at Denmark Hill each year in the 1960s that number has now dropped to around 20 to 30. In Newham there used to be SA centres in Stratford, Plaistow, Canning Town, Upton Park, Silvertown, Manor Park and East Ham but the imminent closure of East Ham will leave only Stratford as being operative.

Historical Newham / East Ham "Broadway"
« on: 07 November, 2017, 08:52:40 AM »
On  a Local History Facebook group relating to the East End of London someone has posted a photo of the crossroads at the junction of High Street North/South and Barking Road under the title of East Ham Broadway. Above the former "Hawkins"/"Boys from Rathbone Street" shop unit just below roof level is the words "THE BROADWAY". We spoke about Stratford Broadway, Manor Park Broadway, Plaistow Broadway, Ilford Broadway and Barking Broadway but can anyone remember the Town Hall junction being referred to as East Ham Broadway?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Miers Close
« on: 15 September, 2017, 06:47:58 PM »
Not so much a memory but on an East London related FB site someone posted a photo of Miers Close and enquired as to where it was. It was a cul de sac on the left of Burges Road East Ham immediately before it's junction with Barking Road and consisted of prefabs. I think the close was demolished when the A406 was built in the 1980s and Barking Road was diverted very slightly to the north to join the new roundabout and flyover. Out of curiosity I checked the situation on Google Maps and was surprised that another cul de sac on the south side of Barking Road almost opposite Burges Road appears, at least on Google Maps, to have been named "Bottle Bank" although the Streetview shows it as the entrance to Dukes Court. Can any one confirm if a certain Local Authority has renamed the road as "Bottle Bank?"

Newham memories and nostalgia / East ham Old Fire Station
« on: 22 July, 2017, 12:01:35 PM »
Just seen a photo on one of the local Facebook Groups that shows the Old Fire Station at East Ham in the Town Hall Complex. The doors have now been reinstated and the building also has the wording "The Old Fire Station" above the entrance. A great improvement from the way the building was initially altered to office accommodation.

New Members / New Members
« on: 29 June, 2017, 08:09:36 AM »
It still appears that some new members who have no real interest in Newham or it's history have managed to join the forum since it's re-launch.

Historical Newham / Denmark Arms
« on: 04 May, 2016, 05:36:18 PM »
This photo was posted on one of the Newham related Facebook Groups as The Denmark Arms in 1890. I understand that The Denmark Arms at East Ham Town Hall was built in 1890 and extended around 10 years later but the photograph does not resemble the present building at all. Someone thought there was another Denmark Arms in the Caning Town area. Is anyone able to confirm that location of this photo?

About the Forums / Difficulty in posting photographs
« on: 01 April, 2016, 10:20:19 PM »
Over the past few days I have tried to post a photograph that complies with the forum size requirements but receive a message stating "Upload File is full, Please try a smaller size of contact an Admistator" Has anyone else come up against this problem?

Newham memories and nostalgia / West Ham Central Mission
« on: 08 March, 2016, 08:49:02 AM »
I came across some very interesting photos of West Ham Central Mission via a post on Facebook. Forum Members may be interested in them via the following link.

Sporting Newham / Does Mark Lawrenson hate "The Hammers"?
« on: 10 January, 2016, 12:38:15 PM »
I've just looked at Mark Lawrenson's forecast of West Ham results for the current season on the BBC website and it shows that after 20 games The Hammers would be second from bottom in the table with 2 wins, 5 draws and 13 defeats. He also forecast that The Hammers would lose in the cup yesterday to Wolves. Does Mark have a hatred of West Ham United or is he just a useless forecaster?

Books, Films & TV / Eastenders
« on: 01 January, 2016, 04:48:53 PM »
OK This is only slightly Newham related in that it has an E20 postcode but I shared Christmas Day with 11 friends all of whom originated from Canning Town or Poplar. A couple of the friends do not live in the UK now and wanted to watch Eastenders despite being told by everyone else that it bore no resemblance to life in the East End or Newham. Having watched and endured the episode I think everyone was glad that we had got out of the East End. Does anyone think that the show bears any resemblance to the East End that we knew?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Old Fascia Signs
« on: 18 December, 2015, 10:01:50 PM »
Some time ago there was a thread concerning Ghost Signs that featured advertisements, sometimes for products, sometimes for the actual business within the building, that could still be seen on Flank Walls of buildings many years after. Similarly when a shop is refurbished it is often possible that an old Fascia Sign will reappear for a short time whilst work is carried out. The picture shows Ripple Battery Co Ltd who were based on the corner of High Street North and Stanley Road during the 1960s and 70s.

Newham memories and nostalgia / East Ham Town Hall Photo Query
« on: 13 September, 2015, 04:33:29 PM »
This photo of the Town Hall was posted on Facebook earlier today. It seems to have been taken from The Denmark, possibly at 1st Floor Level, and from the cars in the  Town Hall grounds probably around 1955. I am however mystified by the absence of Trolleybus wires. Any suggestions!

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