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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 18 April, 2019, 03:21:49 PM »
Are you growing potatoes in there(Ears)or take your glasses off next time you have a wash!!or you have left a tide mark on your neck!!   Regards Harry.I

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 13 April, 2019, 03:07:53 PM »
Sorry Ed I forget that there are some on here that are a few years younger than I ,but the time I am referring to is around 1946 (this is around the time your mum and Dad were courting????I guess) only joking. I,m thinking that with all the tall buildings in the City etc they must have used this type of scaffolding or something similar .Obviously the metal tube type is much more efficient and speedy to erect, but there has been a couple of incidents where these have collapsed.
Shammy Davis Yuk yuk yuk !!I find cleaning windows at my time of life a bit of a pain.Regards Harry.I

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 12 April, 2019, 03:01:23 PM »
The Job I thought I would like to do when I left school was a wringer out for a one armed window cleaner!!
What I would like to ask any old builders can you remember scaffolding when it was wooden scaffold poles held together with wire bonds with an heart shaped eye spliced in one end the other end kept plane, these were about six foot long. the uprights were held captive in an old barrel filled with sand and all the diagonals and horizontal poles were  lashed together with the wire bonds. Can anyone remember how high they went with this type of scaffolding compared to modern metal scaffolding. In wet  weather the bonds were  kept nice and tight but in dry weather the bonds had to be tightened up . Does all this sound about right to builders out there??  Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 08 April, 2019, 11:08:52 AM »
Hi Ed I make you right tis very quiet on here it seems as if there are only four of us that use this site!!.  I find it more interesting to look at some of the people looking on as visitors and go back to read some of the old posts  from for example 2008 to find how many people were using  this site and think where have they all gone??. You were right on about the old sayings from mums and nans and things they used to do, my nan always took hairpins out  of her hair if there was a thunder storm ,or open the windows just in case the glass got smashed??.  Regards Harry I.

Hi Mick should be a very interesting read for me as my great grandfather was one  of those employed by the by the Royal Society For The Protection  of life  By Fire as a Fire Conductor in the East End Of London which was one of the forerunners of life saving from fire with his mobile safety ladder and canvas chute, this I believe was well before any thing like the Fire Brigade.   Regards Harry.I

About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« on: 23 March, 2019, 10:44:36 AM »
Hi Ed I heard this mentioned a couple times a story that if you fell into the docks or the river Thames you were kept in hospital for 36 hours under observation because of foul state of the water in those arears  true or false what do you reckon???.  Regards Harry.I.

Historical Newham / Re: Wives of Henry VIIIth.
« on: 05 March, 2019, 09:22:49 AM »
What about Howards road Plaistow???? Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: High Street, Stratford
« on: 03 March, 2019, 11:41:51 AM »
Thanks Mick for the very informative explanation of the stirling work done by the Fire brigade in instances such as these obviously its not just about spraying water on a fire!!. We should all be thankful for the work done by all involved in the fire fighting service .  Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: High Street, Stratford
« on: 02 March, 2019, 11:38:09 AM »
Hi  Mick Your story  re Ronan Point disaster brought back memories to me ,I believe the explosion took place at 6 o clock in the morning the reason  I remember the time was at that time a chap that lived opposite us in Varley road was painting the front of his house. After the explosion he  could be heard shouting to his  wife that the whole side of the flats had collapsed and within minutes fire engines could be heard rushing to the scene .And within minutes most of the neighbours were up and dressed standing in the road looking at the frightening site of the collapsed side of Ronan Point a sight hard to forget!!!.  Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1950s/docks
« on: 24 February, 2019, 12:32:45 PM »
Hi Ken I believe I saw a story re Harry somewhere in the past on the earlier old forum I have tried going over the old posts to see if it was possible to pick up the thread . I seem to recollect the story involved something about a mysterious disappearance or something along those lines ,its possible someone somewhere might remember something about it .
Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1950s/docks
« on: 23 February, 2019, 08:41:25 PM »
Just a thought what was the story regarding Henry "harry"Kennard who I believe was in Mr Daveys class in Shipman Road School.??? Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 17 February, 2019, 05:26:38 PM »
Hi Ed I remember that particular time Eh?.  Remember seeing that film on tv brought back some memories good and bad , hearing the first air raid warning and being told by a woman who owned flower shop at the corner of Scott Street Canning Town,  quick son run home which I did not knowing what was happening!!! Lots of things came back to mind like wearing the little peaked cap which was referred to  as looking like a pimple on a pigs Ar--e. Also there was a play on TV on the play for today series called Blue  Remembered Hills with adults playing children, actors were Colin Welland ,Michael Elphic,John Bird,Hellen Mirren,And  Colin Jeaves.  Quite good if you can get it back on something like You Tube it is well worth a look .  Regards Harry.I.( one of the War Time Urchins!!)

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 16 February, 2019, 02:00:30 PM »
Hi Mick thanks for the posting.  On the original maps that I used to get up on the Newham history site the maps shown were numbered from one to six to cover various areas of West Ham.  There was also a heading which described the type of weapon which was colour coded ie yellow for a V2 blue for a V1.
I believe I thought there was a discrepancy with the map showing the Custom House Area ,I cannot remember a V1 landing in prince regents lane near to where the V2 shown in a previous posting landed.  The other one was at the top of Jersey road Freemasons road end where a V1 came down .I walked past that area every day on my way to School.  Sorry if I am showing doubts about the accuracy of the records from those days but I was there at the same time and I don,t think my memory is that bad??.

Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 15 February, 2019, 09:55:22 AM »
At one time on this site you used to be able to get maps showing the civil defence map showing where and what type of bomb fell on West Ham from 1940 to 1945 ,can I still see these maps ???. Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 12 February, 2019, 04:05:57 PM »
Hi Ken If you look at the photo the lady walking towards the Blue Star Garage forecourt if you follow the direction that she is walking the first road she would come to would be Churchill road the next would be Randolph Road. In the photo the turning this side of Prince Regents lane would be Argyle road Shipman Road School would be Opposite Churchill an Randolph Roads.  The Road next to the Blue Star Garage would be Tree Road the next one across the large debris would be Ripley and most of the roads carrying on down Prince R.egents lane towards the Beckton Road were named after Yorkshire towns . All these directions were seen from the nearside of the photo by  the telegraph pole with the white band painted at the bottom. The kerb edges were also painted white so that the were visible in the  dark during the black out.  This explanation seems a bit involved but I can see it as if I were standing on that particular corner now .Regards Harry.I.

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