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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Bridge Road Pictures
« on: 04 June, 2019, 07:59:43 PM »
Great photos  - thanks. I have to say the last thing I expected was aerial shots, but they do provide a lot of detail, and look great. And of course I can't help but cast my eye well beyond Bridge Road to the places I used to wander around, such as down the now lost Channelsea River, and  Carpenters Road School, to which I was transferred when Bridge Rd was closed.

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About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 04 June, 2019, 07:51:59 PM »
I came back on here recently and think it would be a real shame if this resource was lost. Personally speaking I hate Facebook: There are too many distractions and security issues. Many of my Facebook 'friends' have closed their accounts and I very rarely use it. The great thing about The Newham Story is that it is fully focused and quite well organised.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Bridge Road Pictures
« on: 27 May, 2019, 07:48:09 PM »
Mick,

I see your aerial photo is on the Disused Stations website. The sister photo to the one from the train I referred to is also on their, under Stratford Market Gallery 2. It's called Driver' s view of the approach to Stratford Market station. Is there any chance you could use your super duper technique to post it here?

Regards,

Eddie

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Bridge Road Pictures
« on: 27 May, 2019, 07:41:24 PM »
Thanks for this Mick. What a great photo: I can pick out all sorts of features, the nissen hut houses, the School, the Albion, and I think I can just about spot where my house was.

Best wishes,

Eddie

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1950s/docks
« on: 26 May, 2019, 05:55:15 PM »
Hello All,

I remember, sometime in the late 1950s, a group of us were taken from Bridge Road School, to the Royal Docks, and we had tea on the Canberra. Being young and silly, I actually thought we were going to sail off somewhere :-)

All the best,

Eddie

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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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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Land use map 1936
« on: 26 May, 2019, 05:12:55 PM »
Hello Poppy,

Just noticed your old posting regarding Railway Place.  When I was first allowed out, aged 5, I left my house (22 Bridge Road), when round the corner into Railway Place, met some local boys and we were mates until we were moved out around 1965.

If you faced the entrance to Railway Place, on the left was a building with a pair of gates. It ran down the side of R. Place, and half way down there was another set of gates into a little courtyard.  We called it the factory, and they used it to store old cardboard boxes. We used to get in and play in there regularly. And the factoryman sometimes came out and chased us off.

All the best,

Eddie

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New Members / Re: Summers/Templeman
« on: 26 May, 2019, 05:03:04 PM »
Hello,

Have not been on the Newham Story for a couple of years, and just noticed your post. You lived a couple of doors from me. I lived a 22 Bridge Road from 1952 to the mid-60s.

I'm particularly interested, because I've found that I wasn't that observant and didn't notice some some of the houses along my bit! I always thought there was next door (23) then Clemens the builders, then the Albion, so it seems I missed your house, and only realised when I went over some old Ordance Survey maps, census, and street directories.

Best wishes,

Eddie

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Sporting Newham / Re: Good and Bad memories of the Boleyn Ground
« on: 12 April, 2015, 06:04:59 PM »
How about 1969-ish beating Sunderland 8-0 and Hurst scoring six ? I think he later admitted putting one in with his hand.

And the celebrations when they closed the Chicken Run. Bubbles and confetti and all sorts going up into the air. Singing good bye Chicken Run goodbye. I remember sometime after going into the new West Enclosure and mentioning the Chicken Run. A grumpy turnstile man informed me 'we don't call it that any more'.

And who remembers 'Monty' ? He used to march along Green Street and into the ground, stopping occasionally to stand to attention and salute.

Bad memories ? The Hammers have to be notorious for letting you down after getting your hopes up. They're still doing it now.

All the best,

Eddie


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Historical Newham / Re: Bridge Road School,Stratford E15
« on: 08 March, 2015, 03:58:37 PM »
Hello Ernie,

I guessed it was you when I saw the address and BigE. Sorry, we used to kick footballs against your mum's side wall.

Ronnie Lane turned up one day when I was in Jimmy's house. complete with guitar on his back.

Any idea what happened to the Simpsons. I never heard from Jimmy again after we finished secondary school. (We both went to South West Ham Tech.)

All the best,

Eddie

ps/ can somebody tell me how to post images and attachments on here. I can't seem to make it work

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: High Street North Manor Park Shops
« on: 02 March, 2015, 06:43:32 PM »
Back in the 1960s, I was in my mate Jimmy Simpson's house in Bridge Road, Stratford. This young bloke can in with a guitar across his back. He was Ronnie Lane, and his big brother Stan had married Jimmy's sister Sandra. We were given B&W photos of the Small Faces, who I had never heard of until then.

Stan was a lorry driver (George Transport ?) but later on had the cafe on Stratford Market Station (closed) bridge in the High Street. And later on he had a shop in Windmill Lane.

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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Historical Newham / Re: Stratford Prefabs
« on: 01 March, 2015, 06:04:29 PM »
Hello KenM,

Yes, I remember those Nissen huts. I lived at the other end of Bridge Road (22) In the 50s-60s. There's some more photos of them in a book I have by the ex-Sun photographer (forget his name).

By the way, there were prefabs as well in the next block along.

All the best,

Eddie

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Historical Newham / Re: Bridge Road School,Stratford E15
« on: 01 March, 2015, 05:53:38 PM »
Hallo All,

IT was great to read the reminiscences you posted a while ago. My name's Eddie Bennett, but I was always called by my full name Edmund back then. I started Bridge Road School on Friends Reunited years ago. I lived at 22 Bridge Road - a few doors up from the Albion. I remember Miss Winnick and Miss Greten. Also Miss Scammel who could be a little scary. We always played in the school playground out of hours. The caretaker Mr Freeman and his alsation dog were friendly. She once found some of us there, sitting on the front steps of the girls entrance, and said to me 'eyes are on you Edmund'. I really didn't know what she meant as I was quite innocent.

I also remember the only male teacher: Mr Ferminger, and the headmistress was Miss Gates ( E. E. Gates on the school report I still have somewhere.)

I was there from about 1955 until they closed it around 1961. Some of us were then transferred to Carpenters Road. After the school closed, we went in and took up some of the parquet flooring. Me and my best friend Jimmy Simpson went round the local houses and sold it for firewood.

All the best or now,

Eddie

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