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Newham memories and nostalgia / West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 15 February, 2019, 05:08:31 PM »
The following series of maps show the record locations of various war paraphernalia that fell on the County Borough of West Ham during World War II between 1939-1945. Item recorded include High Explosive bombs, Parachute Mines, Incendiary Bombs, Oil Bombs, Anti-Aircraft Shells, Crashed Aircraft, U.P Ammunition, Phosphorous Bombs, Parachute Bombs, Flying Bombs and Long Range Rockets.

The are other websites showing bombs that fell on Greater London only during the Blitz during 1940-1941.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 15 February, 2019, 04:41:31 PM »
Harry, I have been able to obtain a set of the West Ham Civil Defence war maps. It would probably be better it I added then to a new thread.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 13 February, 2019, 11:27:48 AM »
Please ignore this post. I added it to displace an obnoxious spam advert from the prominent 'Latest Post' position on the main page.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 12 February, 2019, 10:43:03 PM »
Biff, I think these might be the pictures you are describing.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 12 February, 2019, 04:16:21 PM »
I was looking on the internet without success to see if I could find a picture of this area prior to V2 rocket. I did however come across a site that details a lot of information on the rockets themselves. Below is the information on the Prince Regent Lane V2.

1944 December 30 - . 09:00 GMT - . Launch Site: V-2 Battery 444. Launch Vehicle: V-2. •V-2 combat launch from the Hague to West Ham - . Nation: Germany.  Battery 444 or Battery 485, the Hague, rocket fired, impacted W Ham, Prince Regent Lane..

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 10 February, 2019, 05:51:25 PM »
Ken, According to the Ordnance Survey map, new housing was built on this site. Copying and pasting the link below into your browser will take you to the map. By cross-referencing the Ordnance Survey with todays Google Street view, I would estimate that from 2-12 Churchill Road was new build. Randolph Road it self has now disappeared completely under redevelopment.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 07 February, 2019, 03:11:26 PM »
I was 7 years old before I go my first sweets due to post-war sugar rationing. I always remember them as they were a tube of Refreshers my mother gave to me. I took them to school and showed them off, (still unopened), to my class mate who sat on the double desk next to me. Before I knew it, just like the hand of God descending from the clouds, the hand of the tyrannical female school teacher we had, suddenly descended and confiscated them and put them in her desk. I felt really miffed, I had not even tasted one of the first sweets ever given to me in my life.

I used to go home for dinner and told my mum about it.  Later that afternoon during class, the class room door suddenly flew open so hard is crashed against the wall and gave everyone a start. Framed in the doorway was my mum who promptly went over to the teacher, held her hand out and said my sons sweets please, Although that is all she said, her tone of voice had an 'or else' implied in it. The whole class looked on amazed as the teacher who normally took great delight in terrorising us all, meekly open her desk and placed the tube of Refreshers in my mums hand. My mum simply said thank you, turned around and walked out the class, but again the tone of her thank you had the implied, I will be back' threat implied in it.

As for myself at the moment I wished the earth would swallow me up as I awaited the fearsome retribution that would follow from my teacher. As it transpired not another word was said and my teacher was a good as gold to me after that. I don't think she relished the idea of another visit from my mum.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 06 February, 2019, 02:43:49 PM »
Ed, I don't think anyone was suggesting that anyone should try out Facebook. Cumulatively what was being said that when this board closed down suddenly, many previous subscribers migrated to Facebook. As for my contribution of how to publish photographs on this site, I used a picture that Doug had posted on Facebook and one from my own website, purely as illustrative examples of how images on different websites can be displayed. I could have used images from any of the one billion plus websites there are now estimated to be in the world.

I am sorry you found my instructions of how to display pictures a little perplexing, it is far more simple to do than explain. It's rather like learning to ride a bike or driving a car. Many think they will never get the hang of it and then Hey Presto, everything suddenly seems to come together.

I think all social media websites have their pros and cons which different people may either like or dislike. I agree with Nollanhej that often there is a lot of drivel on Facebook, but again the same could be said about many novels in a book shop. One has to sort the chafe from the straw according to ones own particular preferences. Age is certainly not a barrier to trying things out. I myself am now in my 70's and you might remember one regular contributor "Ex Custom House" who was by no means a spring chicken and was willing to try new things. It was only when her eyesight had seriously deteriorated, that she was forced to stop using this board. Again it is all up to the individual.

One thing this site was exceptionally good at in the past was in-depth debate by knowledgeable contributors on various subjects. That is something I rarely see on Facebook except in specialised groups. I suppose at the end of the day, it all boils down to what any particular individual feels comfortable with.

About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« on: 03 February, 2019, 10:51:32 PM »
I remember in 1962/3 there was an absolute pea-souper of a smog where all traffic including public transport and trains came to a halt. At the time I was a telegram boy on a motorbike working out of Telephone House in Woodgrange Road. Although there had been fogs before, none were as bad as this. The smog lasted several days and gradually got worse as time passed. I remember initially we were still out delivering telegrams as a rider can see far more than a driver in a car, bus or lorry. We soon became aware that wherever we went, we had a stream of traffic following us. It was a case of follow the leader.

We eventually bought gauze masks to wear over our face and noses and even after a short trip, the cotton wool had turned jet black. The smog was so thick, in many cases it was not even possible to make out the glow of the street lamps above out heads. In the end, even the motorbikes were grounded and the air was considered too dangerous to let anyone go out on foot.

I seem to recall the smog was so think, even pedestrians were bumping into each other.

 I think it was the last time we had smog in London.

About the Forums / Re: Posting photos
« on: 02 February, 2019, 07:02:07 PM »
Well done Ken. The thing I like about this method of posting images, is there is not a size restriction like the 128KB on the old system which does not currently work anyway. This makes for much clearer and detailed images,

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 01 February, 2019, 04:31:59 PM »
Ken, It is still possible to post photos on this site, provided the come directly from a internet website. I trust Doug does not mind, but as an example, the picture below of the portico to Manor Park Library, is one that Doug posted to the Newham History Society Group on Facebook. Although the picture appears to be part of this message, it is actually coming direct from a Facebook computer. It is the original Doug posted and is not a copy.

To be able to do this while either creating a new post or replying to an existing one, click on the far left icon of the middle row of icons above the text box and you will see the text *[*img]**[*/img]* inserted into your message. Please ignore the asterisks (*) as I have had to put them in to stop the computer attempting to interpret the text as computer coding. In-between the text *[*img]* and the text *[*/img]* is where you put the web address of the image you are trying to add to your message. For instance, the picture below of the old Plaistow Fire Station is stored on my own private website. If you right click your mouse on the picture and highlight properties you will see where the picture is stored on my website at You simply copy and paste the web address of the picture between the text I mentioned earlier. You can always use the "preview" facility to see if your imagee has come out correctly before you post your message.

Using this method, you can add pictures you find on the internet to your message. Although you cannot add pictures stored on your own personal computer, you can first upload them to a free picture imaging website like Flickr and then copy the web address from there.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Stratford Broadway
« on: 25 January, 2019, 08:20:00 AM »

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Stratford Broadway
« on: 24 January, 2019, 09:31:53 PM »
Just a post to displace a spammers announcement on the main page.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Stratford Broadway
« on: 22 January, 2019, 12:54:28 PM »
Hello Ken, The obelisk is called the Gurney Memorial after a Samuel Gurney. He was a wealthy banker who lived in the area and was a leading figure in the anti-slave trade. If you Google 'Gurney Memorial' you can find out a lot more about him. Below is an extract I copied from one website.


Samuel Gurney (1786-1856) was a local long time resident and a prominent and influential Quaker.

 He supported his sister Elizabeth Fry in her work to improve prison conditions and played an important role in securing the emancipation of black slaves. He campaigned long and hard in his philanthropic work and also campaigned to abolish the death penalty.

The obelisk and grey granite memorial here states: In Remembrance of Samuel Gurney who died the 5th June 1856. Erected by his fellow parishioners and friends 1861. When the ear heard him it then blessed him.

About the Forums / Re: Jospeh Hunt
« on: 20 January, 2019, 09:20:34 AM »
RIP Joe, It was so nice to have shared your memories.

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