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Newham memories and nostalgia / Bridge Road Pictures
« on: 26 May, 2019, 05:47:33 PM »
Hello,

I'm looking for old photos of the top end of Bridge Road (say down as far as the Albion).   

I lived at no. 22 from 1952 until the mid-60s, but have since discovered that I was not very observant, and that there were houses along my bit that I never noticed!

I've been doing a little research, with old OS maps, census, and street directories, and found it very interesting, but quite surprising.

Anyway, the only photo I have is from a moving train, looking towards the High Street, and it doesn't show that much. I can't post it here because of the very small attachment size limit.

All the best,

Eddie

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Historical Newham / The 'Factory' - Bridge Road
« on: 02 March, 2015, 06:25:03 PM »
Hallo All,

I lived at 22 Bridge Road in the 50s and 60s. On the corner of Railway Place, just by Bob's sweet shop, was a place that we called the factory. It ran down most of the side of Railway Place where it had another double gated entrance.

In my time it was used to store cardboard. The 'factoryman' was a burly dark haired man. Ealry one he had some workmates that could have been his brothers, and they occasionally offloaded cardboard boxes from an old removals-type van. But mostly nothing much happened there, and we used to get in after the factoryman had gone home, and play in the boxes.

What I'm trying to find out is what it was originally used for. I have checked through the OS maps (1869, 1897, 1916, 1963) and a variety of trade directories, but nowhere is it named. I have just looked throught the 1911 census, and when you get to no, 18, which is its modern number, it has an entry that just shows it as 'uninhabited' but 'in occupation', suggesting it was in use by somebody for something.

Any ideas gratefully received.

All the best,

Eddie

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