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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« Last post by KenM on 18 November, 2018, 04:33:39 PM »
Another fine example of a nice building, soon to make way for a slab of concrete called social housing or flats.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« Last post by KenM on 18 November, 2018, 04:30:01 PM »
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« Last post by KenM on 18 November, 2018, 03:51:16 PM »
Hi MickG, keep up with the photos they bring some much needed fresh air into the forum.
Oh dear what a lifeless building the 2003 White Horse is, compared to the others, which are full of character & of some architectural merit.
So many of our modern day buildings are so lacking in good features & eye appeal, I wonder why.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Newham Public House History
« Last post by MickG on 18 November, 2018, 12:56:56 PM »
Some of the most frequented buildings of the past must have been the Public House. Although to be found in virtually every village, east London and Newham had more than their fair share. Public Houses or in many cases Inns are some of the oldest buildings to be found on maps. Many transformed with newer buildings over the years but remained on the same site. Now due to rapidly changing social trends, often centuries of history are rapidly coming to an end, as like sand castles on the beach, public houses fall one after one to the incoming tide of modernity.

Newham had something of a reputation for public houses with seemingly one appearing to be on every street corner, and also halfway along each street. I remember as a youth trying with friends to 'do the round' of Stratford Broadway which has something like fourteen public houses all in close proximity to each other. Although some public houses had notorious reputations, for most people they were places where they could socialise with others on what was something of a neutral ground. Public house also served as a form of escapism from what was poor housing conditions at the time.

I have started by adding a few photographs to the White Horse Inn that proudly used to stand in High Street South opposite Central Park, and which has now sadly fallen to redevelopment.

The original White Horse circa 1900

The White Horse following heavy WW2 bomb damage

The White Horse in 2003 (photo by Brian Berry)
About the Forums / Re: School
« Last post by KenM on 18 November, 2018, 12:42:02 PM »
Hi folks experimenting with postimage prog.
This is Rosetta Rd school, would you like to put a date on it?
About the Forums / School
« Last post by KenM on 18 November, 2018, 12:38:32 PM »
About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« Last post by KenM on 18 November, 2018, 12:08:55 PM »
Hi Doug, I do believe that not being able to post or view  photos is one reason that some members lost interest. We were promised on several ocaisions that this facility would be restored, but only promises.
Many of MickG photos were very interesting & did get a good response, creating much needed traffic on the forum.
There is a way to get photos in the forum using a free photo hosting programme named postimage but it isnt as user friendly.
About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« Last post by DougT 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!
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: lord sugars the apprentice
« Last post by KenM on 13 November, 2018, 04:30:35 PM »
Hi Ed, yes I agree the media did get their fingers very dirty publishing the goings on in the docks.
The Jack Dash era was over when I entered the docks, but I can remember the column inches he got just to sell newspapers. You mention stealing, another mystery, where did the items go that were confiscated by the PLA police?
Go ahead & write you book, I am sure it will sell. Memories of London Dockland, warts & all not a polished version,
like so many on the market.
I was lucky enough to have a permanent job working on the Blue Star ships, but being expected to work around the clock weekdays & weekends could be a pain, so I left & moved to Bnmth for a quiet life.
The memories of the good times & super colleages in London Docks keep flooding back.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« Last post by MickG on 13 November, 2018, 08:59:39 AM »
This is another old picture I came across on Facebook of High Street North. The location is looking north near East Ham Station. The first turning on the left is Milton Avenue. Although undated, presumably  it has to be between 1901 - 1932 when East Ham Tramways operated. The absence of motorised traffic and the horse and cart in the distance, suggests pre-World War 1.  Although the road surface appears to be cobbles, they might be wooden blocks

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