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Newham memories and nostalgia / Merry Christmas Everyone
« on: 15 December, 2018, 07:40:46 AM »
Wishing all the members and guests on the Forum a Very Merry Christmas and Happy 2019.
Best wishes

About the Forums / Why can't I post a photo?
« on: 02 July, 2017, 04:44:26 PM »
Is anyone else having problems posting a photo. When I go to post a photo the following message is shown. "The attachments upload directory is not writable. Your attachment or avatar cannot be saved"
I never had any problems before the Forum closed down and I have been able to print the same photos on Facebook Memories of East Ham and Newham History Society without any trouble.

Thank you

Newham memories and nostalgia / Postcode Walks
« on: 16 May, 2016, 09:20:27 AM »
I thought members might like to see this site which shows photo's and text of walks in various boroughs. At the moment it looks as if only Forest Gate and East Ham E6 in the Newham area have been covered. There is a search for a postcode section so you can choose the area you would like to see.

Regards Linda

Newham memories and nostalgia / Life before Fridges
« on: 10 May, 2016, 11:35:35 AM »
When I was born in 1950 we lived with nan in a terraced flat in Lonsdale Ave East Ham. Each flat had it's own front and back door. We were upstairs and stone stairs led down from the kitchen into a garden that backed onto the sewer bank.

The kitchen as I remember was a good size but like most homes in those days we relied on a larder to keep food cool. Mum tells me that there was a box inside the larder with a mesh curtain and food was placed in there. When we later moved we had a walk in larder or pantry. Each day her and nan would go shopping mainly at Sainsburys in the Barking Road or Caters in High St North. Food would be bought in small quantities and weighed to order so there was no waste.
Milk was kept in bowl of cold water and covered with a wet tea towel as it quickly went "off" especially in hot weather. Mum said when she was a girl she remembers her dad digging a hole in the garden and burying the milk bottles to keep cold.

There was the old saying that "you never eat pork unless there's an R in the month as it would only keep fresh during the Winter months.

What joy it must have been for the housewives when refrigerators were introduced.


Newham memories and nostalgia / Family Characters
« on: 10 March, 2016, 12:06:31 PM »
After reading about Ron's granddad on a previous post it made me wonder if other members have any stories about their relatives who were living in East/West Ham.

My great grandmother Kate King (nee Murphy) was born and died in East Ham. She used to like to have a bet on the horses but in those days gambling was illegal. So gran used to give her bet and money to her granddaughter who used to take it to the bookies runner who would be waiting on the corner of the road.

She also liked her glass of milk stout and several times a week would walk to the Drum and Monkey Pub in Vicarage Lane, East Ham where she'd sit in the snug.

She was a lovely lady and a real character and when she died at the age of 88 was sadly missed by us all.


Newham memories and nostalgia / Irish Catholic parish records
« on: 05 March, 2016, 10:12:57 AM »
Find my Past are offering free access until 9am Tuesday 8th March to the Irish Catholic Parish Records. You just need to register to start looking.

I would imagine like me some forum members will have ancestors born in Ireland who travelled to Newham to find work.


Historical Newham / Devalls House Beckton
« on: 06 February, 2016, 01:56:40 PM »
I was recently looking at a map of East Ham dated 1800 and noticed Devalls House near to Gallions Reach. On the 1900 map it seems to have disappeared when the Docks were built.

I have looked on the internet but the only reference I can find is a Devalls Close, Beckton which I presume was named after Devalls House.

I was wondering if anyone on the Forum had any knowledge of this house.


I haven't been able to print the 1800 and 1900 map as it says they are too large.

Tracing your family history / Find my Past Records
« on: 22 January, 2016, 10:29:15 AM »
Just to tell everyone interested in Family History that Find My Past have free access to their records from 12pm today the 22nd Jan  until 12pm 25th January.

Best Wishes

Historical Newham / Wellington Mill
« on: 04 January, 2016, 03:24:13 PM »
I recently came across the photo below showing Wellington Mill, East Ham. On further research I found it stated that it was just south of the Barking Road. It was built in 1815 which accounts for the name. It was converted to electric power in the early 20th century and demolished in 1926.

Then on another site I found Wellington Mill which said it was in Barking. On the map shown at it shows Wellington Mill and I was wondering if the boundary may have changed over time. The mill can be found just past Wall End on the map.


About the Forums / Verification for new users
« on: 29 December, 2015, 08:21:12 AM »
I have 're-registered with the Forum after a problem with my e mail address. Each time I post I am asked to complete a verification task which consists of several questions. One of which is a series of letters that are very hard to read and you have to keep asking for new letters till you get a line that is legible. This must be a new idea as I never had to do this before. It makes me wonder if this is putting off new posters replying and adding new topics as it certainly is annoying.


New Members / Re-registered
« on: 28 December, 2015, 05:13:41 PM »
Hi Everyone
A couple of months ago I changed my e-mail address and when I entered it into the Newham Forum I left a letter out which then locked me out of the Forum. I contacted Admin and they have been trying to re-instate me but without success so I thought I'd better re-register.

I have been reading the posts and keeping up to date with all that's been going and I now look forward to being able to join in with you all again.

I'm a bit late to wish you all a Merry Christmas but I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Best Wishes

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