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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Silvertown & North Woolwich
« on: 21 April, 2018, 08:05:15 PM »
Hi Mick, thanks for the pics. I have always had a sft spot for the area. My first job was at Tate & Lyles, Thames Wharf. I later worked at the RHM Premier mill in Victoria Docks and at Cross & Blackwells, Tay Wharf.

I had quite a few boozy sessions in the Jubilee Tavern which I believe is long gone now.

Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: Joe Brown
« on: 10 April, 2018, 02:28:53 PM »
I just looked him up on Wikipedia, he is still going strong. What I did not know was that he had performed on two of George Harrison's albums. I guess that really puts him in the top notch.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Toys
« on: 08 April, 2018, 05:39:30 PM »
Hi Mick

Thanks for the link. This is really interesting stuff. I had no idea that the hobby was so big and so worldwide. The only one that rings a bell is Aurora. I do however remember them advertising in American comics so I may be confused.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Toys
« on: 07 April, 2018, 05:12:30 PM »
Hi Ken

I know what you mean but there was no dad at the time. I did have an enthusiastic uncle. He tipped off my mum and future stepdad about an American firm that made cars that fit scalextric but were much more powerful. I got two for Christmas and was the happiest kid in the street. I wish I could remember the name.They were bought at Craftex in Leytonstone High Road.

Does anybody remember Craftex? They had two shops, close together. If memory is correct one was model railways and motor racing the other was construction kits, airfix etc. It was my idea of heaven.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Toys
« on: 07 April, 2018, 08:50:02 AM »
Wow that picture took me back. I did have this as a kid but had long forgotten it. I think the arrival of my skalextrics took my mind off of construction toys.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Sparrows
« on: 07 April, 2018, 08:44:21 AM »
Hi Laramie
I live near West Ham Park and use it a  lot. I do see the occasional thrush. Starlings are still around but not in the large numbers that they used to have.
There were some collared doves for a while but they vanished some years ago. I have heard woodpeckers there and we have a community of parakeets too.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« on: 25 March, 2018, 07:54:38 PM »
The things that newsagents sold in those days was amazing. I too collected matchbox cars (loved my Corgi and dinky models as well). One paper shop at least in my area sold toy soldiers which I also loved.

Then came stamp collecting. Many newsagents used to have packets of foreign stamps. You would get many duplicates which if you were lucky you could swap.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Sparrows
« on: 25 March, 2018, 09:08:18 AM »
I have seen a sparrow three times this month. Twice in West Ham Park and once by West Ham Station.
I would love these little birds to make a comeback, I was told last year that they were facing extinction.

Tracing your family history / Re: Twitchett Family History
« on: 28 September, 2017, 05:27:53 PM »
Hi Dave

Interesting post, thank you. I do not think that I had any ancestors at Trafalgar, but I do have one who appears to have been press ganged and served on HMS Aggamemnon (Nelson's ship before Victory). William Davis. He was a Thames Waterman by trade, apparently they were rather valued by the Royal Navy. I am rather proud of him myself.

I also have Audley connections via Yorkshire ancestry. I am not aware of any Lords though. Any connections I wonder?

Hi Georgian

Thanks for this post, it is, I think an important one. I am Newham born and bred, as is my Mother and three of my grandparents. As such its' history and those surviving photo's are deeply meaningful.  I have however found ancestors ranging from Limehouse to Yorkshire, and Essex to Manchester.
Each place, as I discover the connection becomes alive, a little bit of me was made there. It is then the duty of all communities to preserve their heritage and to make that knowledge available.

Historical Newham / The Great Fire of London
« on: 20 September, 2017, 01:41:13 PM »
Yes I know Newham was not touched by the fire. Newham was not part of London then. But I bet the people stood outside at night and watched the red glow across the sky. Probably some refugees from the fire settled here. I for one had ancestors who were there, in old London, when it started, and I am sure many others here did too.

So it is part of our history, and bearing that in mind I thought that perhaps some members here might enjoy this animation of what that London looked like.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Places of Worship
« on: 11 August, 2017, 11:10:30 PM »
Hello Mick

I agree with your comments. As I grew older I was suprised at how many churches and chapels there were around the borough that were dedicated to the various non-conformist denominations. Most are gone now, but not all.

 The Unitarian church in West Ham Lane has a new building. I think Highway Hall and Brickfields in Stratford are still active too.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Ice Cream
« on: 04 August, 2017, 09:30:46 PM »
I have been racking my brains and looking at the pics on the net but I do not remember them at all. I have seen ice cream trikes but I don't recall them locally.

I only remember the vans when I was little: Toni Bell,  Mr Whippy and Mr Softee. I had a Toni Bell badge when I was small, it was my pride and joy. Must have been if I recall it half a century later.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Ice Cream
« on: 04 August, 2017, 06:13:22 PM »
Hi Poppy Show

I don't remember them at all. There is quite a bit about them on the internet. They were a Barking firm and became part of the J. Lyons group.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Public Libraries
« on: 27 July, 2017, 09:31:17 PM »
Hi Mick

A nice picture. I used this library from infancy to my thirties. I can still remember my first two books from the childrens section.

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