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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 07 December, 2018, 09:43:19 PM »
Wilson and Whitworth was to the north (Manor Park side) of the entrance to the old East Ham Registry Office that was situated in Station Chambers. I remember the card shop that Linda mentions and I did use it on occasions. it was further down towards Heigham Road just past what was Williams Galleries (the large furniture store). I can't be 100% sure but think the card shop was quite deep and narrow, possibly a "half shop" with a greengrocers occupying the other half.

About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« on: 17 November, 2018, 08:06:06 PM »
It is obvious that many of us who have been members of the group for some years do not post as frequently as we used to and that applies to me as much as anyone else. I just happened to glance at the Home Page when logging on a few minutes ago and was very surprised to see that the most people on line, 233, was achieved as recently as October 23rd 2018. It would be interesting to know why people are happy to view and perhaps not join and contribute!

Wartime stories / Re: What was "war damage payment"?
« on: 27 October, 2018, 09:34:03 PM »
I had heard of the "War Damages Claims" some years ago but was never too sure as to how the payments were determined. I understood that any claims needed to be made within a specific time scale which I guess was difficult to do during the war and also that the claim was only to put the building back into it's pre existing state with no scope for any improvement. I think the War Damages Committee or whatever it was called existed until the mid 1950s. My own experience concerned a building erected in the 1930s which suffered what seemed minor damage when a bomb landed close by. It was not until the early 1960s that structural damage became apparent with a "split" in the brickwork from top to bottom and also that all the Crtital Window Frames had distorted during the bombing leaving ever increasing gaps around the frames.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 07 October, 2018, 09:59:16 PM »
Hi Ed,
I couldn't remember Lew Rose in Barking Road opposite the Town Hall but back in 2011 there was a post on this group concerning "Newham Tailors" and 2 people mentioned that Lew Rose was in Barking Road opposite the Town Hall so I guess it was in the parade between Times Furnishing and the corner of Keppel Road.
Also to say that some time ago you mentioned that you worked in the Ideal Radio Repair Shop in High Street North which was situated opposite the Black Lion just past Clements Road. You also said that you purchased Marilyn's Wedding Ring from Empire Bullion which was next door. Both closed down many years ago so it is too late to get a refund on the ring! Please pass on my love to Marilyn!
Kind Regards

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 05 October, 2018, 08:57:06 PM »
Linda, I am somewhat surprised that the "Hawkins" sign is so clear on the photo posted by Mick. It certainly looks like the 1901 era as the tram lines are being laid however this does raise a question. We have seen the photo of the same building with "Joslins" trading from it which appears to have been taken in the 1920s as the tramlines are laid in the road so did Hawkins originally trade from the shop before it was taken over by Joslins and subsequently trade again from the shop at a later date?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 15 September, 2018, 12:31:32 PM »
Thanks for posting that photo Mick. I hadn't seen it before and initially it "threw me" as I couldn't remember the bend in the road at the end of the buildings on the left to be so significant. Like Linda I remember Capons and the pain of having to be taken there to get shoes in the 1950s. Also along that stretch in the shops on the left was a barbers, really can't call it a hairdressers, called Greens where I was also dragged as youngster for a short back and sides. Remember being sat on a box on top of a big chair and being held in a neck lock by the barber as he hacked at your hair!

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.

Sporting Newham / Re: West Ham stadium main gates
« on: 14 June, 2018, 04:36:28 PM »

A photo of the main gates

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Woolworth East Ham
« on: 14 June, 2018, 04:28:55 PM »

The same store after the upperfloors were modernised and before it suffered damage in the Second World War

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

About the Forums / Re: is it terminal
« on: 14 June, 2018, 07:50:38 AM »
Hi Linda,
If you scroll under Mick's photo to the right you will see the dog standing just behind the car.

About the Forums / Re: is it terminal
« on: 13 June, 2018, 06:37:52 PM »
That was the one I intended to post. Both photos were taken from the Growing up in The East End of London Group which is a "Closed Group"

About the Forums / Re: is it terminal
« on: 13 June, 2018, 06:36:59 PM »

About the Forums / Re: is it terminal
« on: 13 June, 2018, 06:34:35 PM »
Mick, It seemed to work on that photo except that I didn't intend to post a photo of The Galleons hotel but two 685 Trolleybuses! Dougt

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