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Wartime stories / Doodlebug Strike
« on: 08 September, 2017, 07:43:46 PM »
There is a very interesting article on the Dames Rd Trolleybus incident in 1944 on the Forest gate web site.

Tracing your family history / WW1 Records
« on: 10 July, 2014, 04:07:28 PM »
The IWM has started a database of all the soldiers who served in WW1 which you can update from personal knowledge
or from official records. If it gets well supported it should be a tremendous source for years to come. I have tried to upload some info on my grandfather but cannot get it to enter. Has anyone else tried this site and met with success.

Newham memories and nostalgia / VC Winners
« on: 26 January, 2014, 04:00:56 PM »
I noticed that the home town of all VC recipients are to have paving stones given to them containing the name of the VC winner as a way of marking 100 years since WW1.  I wondered if anyone knew of where Newham's recipients, John Cornwell and George Drewry would have their stone sited. The stones are to be given in the 100th year since the VC was won so the George Drewry stone should be around August 2015 and Jack Cornwell around September 2016.

Newham memories and nostalgia / House Numbers
« on: 24 November, 2013, 07:36:26 PM »
I wonder if any of you can be certain which side of the roads in Custom House had the odd numbers and which side the even.
My grandparents lived in Hooper Rd throughout the war and right through until it was redeveloped (not sure of date).
They lived at 65 which in my mind was always on the north side or the right as you went down from Freemasons Rd. When I
spoke to a cousin at the weekend she thought it was on the left and this has made me doubt my normal reliable memory.
No 65 had allotments at the back one of which my grandad had and he used to have a gate in his back fence to access it.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Flickr Photo Location
« on: 21 April, 2013, 03:57:51 PM »
I noticed a photo on the Flickr site that Mick G posted under Greenwoods and was wondering if anyone
can identify the location.
The photo in question is number 02.06.110026 and is on page 3 if you use the link that mick posted.
There are a few notable buildings in the centre of the photo which I think were probably near the docks so I suspect the photo was taken somwhere near the Plaistow/Custom House boundary.
I would be grateful if anyone can pinpoint the location or identify the buildings


Wartime stories / V2 impacts in Newham
« on: 20 December, 2012, 09:27:02 PM »
I have been looking at some of the sites that catalogue the V2 rocket attacks at the end of the war and using their information have found 42 V2 strikes that fell on what we now call Newham.
I have compared these to the bomb maps that are on the Newham Story site and can account for all those in West Ham except the one shown on the bomb map that is on the south side of the Royal Albert Dock almost where it joins on to Victoria Dock.
There is another strike recorded on 27th October 1944 that has the co-ordinates for the corner of Carnarvon Rd and Romford Rd though there is no record of a strike there on the bomb map and no sign of an explosion on the Google Earth 1945 view of the location. The 3 figure co-ordinates used for the locations can only pinpoint it to within a 100 metre square but this is accurate enough for all the other locations to be obvious.
Two sources agree that such a strike occurred and that it caused serious injury to 14 people but no deaths therefore it is not possible to locate the impact by the CWGC site.
If anyone has any knowledge of where the 27th Oct impact or the extra one at Albert Dock I would be grateful for the info. Also if you think it worthwhile putting my list on the site I would be pleased to do so.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Social Games
« on: 02 December, 2012, 08:20:43 PM »
As a lad growing up in Forest Gate I learned to play many social games like dominoes and darts.  I learned to play cribbage from my nan and grandad as well as many other card games and my uncle made me a shove ha'penny board. I work in a large factory and when I started there 30 odd years ago ther were always card schools going on at break times and almost every area had a dartboard on the inside of a cupboard door. Now nobody at work plays cards and dart boards were banned due to the dreaded Elf and Safety rules. 
These sociable pastimes are nearly relegated to history and most people dont know how to play crib or Solo Whist, two of the great card games. It seems a shame that youngsters lock themselves away and play with people from around the world who they are never likely to meet on expensive electronic games consoles when a simple pack of cards or a piece of plywood and a dozen coins gave me and people of my generation so much entertainment. Those of us now in thier late fifties / early sixties are probably the last generation to master such social games. I wonder will some of these games be forgotten completely in another forty years.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Another wall sign for Kathy
« on: 17 February, 2011, 05:42:09 PM »
Hi Kathy
I was looking around on google maps and in the alley on the R-H side of Chaucer Rd from the Upton Lane end on the side of the Islamic girls school there is a sign for E H THompson & Son and says Skelton Works.

The company were an engineering company and did have a place in Skelton Rd  attached to No1 but I am pretty sure it was only used as storage. The premises are still in Skelton Rd but no longer showing any signs of the connection with Thompsons.

Regards Biff

Newham memories and nostalgia / Upton Lane Shops
« on: 20 August, 2010, 06:38:28 PM »
I thought it best to re- post this as a new subject as it was buried in another posting not really related to it. The original posting (first supermarket -first laundrette) had a photo of Ann Shillings toyshop posted on it by Carol. When I saw the photo of Anne Shillings toyshop it took me back. I had forgotten they used to sell baby clothes and children’s ware on the left of the shop.
I am curious to see how many shops I can put a name or trade to that were in Upton Lane in the early to mid sixties.
There is  a list attached to this posting and I should add that I am not 100%
sure of the order of shops, particularly towards the Romford Rd end. I would say my
list would be between 1960 and 1965
 It is strange that I can remember looking down Sylvan Rd where Mr Cole ( I think)
the chimney sweep had a chimney sweeps brush hanging up outside his house
but cannot remember the shops on either corner clearly. If anyone can think of a shop
I have missed even if they cannot remember it's exact location, please post it as it
may jog the old grey matter.


Wartime stories / Bomb Damage
« on: 25 March, 2010, 05:09:56 PM »
As a child I lived in Skelton Rd, Forest Gate and about half way down the road were newer houses on both sides which I believe were built to replace those damaged in the war. Does anyone know what type of device caused the damage to Skelton Rd

Newham memories and nostalgia / Sabberton Street
« on: 19 January, 2009, 05:40:25 PM »
Hi All

I have discovered one of my grandparents living in Sabberton St.I have no idea where this si so can anyone help me with a location for 1911. The actual Address is Sabberton St, Victoria Docks, Canning Town, London.


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