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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 23 May, 2019, 09:00:15 AM »
Alf, the only other place I can think that may be interested in your collection is the Docklands History group. The link is below. It might be worth getting in contact with them if you have not already done so.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 22 May, 2019, 05:34:05 PM »
Hello Alf, The Museum of London might well be interested in your collection. Try copying and pasting the following link for further information

Ed the board suddenly went offline about a week ago and all one saw was a message which said database error. However it came back online today.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 15 May, 2019, 09:04:33 PM »
I watched and interesting programme about navigation once. Although working out a ships latitude had been known for many years, finding out its longitude had long proved to be elusive. It was a Suffolk clock maker called John Harrison that eventually solved the problem with clocks. Clocks on a long sea voyage by sail were notorious for the inaccuracy as there was no way of checking them. The ball on the pole at Greenwich observatory drops at a given time of day and when Greenwich was a centre of naval dominance, it was how they set their clocks. Harrison had to build clocks that were very accurate.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 13 May, 2019, 02:07:28 AM »
Hello Ed, They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is the Roystan Grange and as you said, she looked very elegant.

Royston Grange

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 11 May, 2019, 12:11:20 AM »
Harry, They were cube shaped actually.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 09 May, 2019, 03:45:20 PM »
I remember the ships carpenters were always busy making oblobolobs.

About the Forums / Re: Drones
« on: 04 May, 2019, 04:15:53 PM »
Ken, The picture below I created using Google Earth and the large expanse of land is Chingford Plain. It is where model aircraft enthusiasts fly their models. The location is the end of the London building line where Epping Forest starts. The large building top right is the Royal Forest Hotel and that is Rangers Road leading up to it.

The liquid you smelled that made you feel a bit queasy is called dope and it is used to harden fabric and tissue paper and also makes it shrink which makes it tight and hard over the airframe. It was also used on larger aircraft like the Gypsy Moth and Swordfish. My home adjoins the Yeovilton air base and years ago an old cattle farmer told me one of the Swordfish had to make an emergency landing in one of his fields. The farmer advised the pilot against leaving his aircraft unattended but the pilot thought otherwise. While the pilot went off to phone for help, a herd of cattle surrounded his plane and apparently they have a liking for the taste of dope. When the pilot returned, all he found was just a bare airframe and engine left. The rasp like tongues of the cattle had eaten the rest.

About the Forums / Re: Drones
« on: 04 May, 2019, 11:53:39 AM »
Ken, I think you might have meant Chingford Plain near the Royal Forest Hotel as Chingford Mount is a busy public road. My older brother used to make model airplanes but of the type shown in the picture driven by a large and thick elastic band. He used to fly them on the open land by Whipps Cross Road. Then he turned his hand to motor driven model boats. There were a lot of these on Sunday mornings at the Hollow Ponds. I think enthusiasts also used the small pond on Wanstead Flats.

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 30 April, 2019, 05:34:21 PM »
Ken don't forget that Newham shut the board down overnight without warning or explanation. There was no form of notification either when the board was resurrected. Many of the old contributors looked for other outlets and I know a lot of them now of Facebook. The big difference I find between the two is that you do not tend to get the same in-depth discussion as you do here.

Often I have posted an in-depth article on Facebook and many of the replies are like, my mums aunts step-child three times removed used to live in Stratford.  :)

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 30 April, 2019, 03:41:02 PM »
Ed, I wont be leaving. Although I subscribe to various groups on Facebook, particularly my Retired London Firefighter group where I keep in touch with my old colleagues. However as I said before, I do believe there is a need for both types of social media as many people like yourself do not use Facebook.

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 28 April, 2019, 03:07:34 PM »
Ken, I have listed below the East London groups I belong to on Facebook plus a few other London ones. There are however dozens more, some of which I do not even know exist. Some will cover smaller parochial areas or be confined to a particular interest group like a school. Thier names are exactly as I have copied them here so if you are interested, you only have to copy them and past them into the Facebook search box at the top of every Facebook page.

Newham History Society

Growing Up In The Eastend Of London

Plaistow,and LOCAL Areas

Plaistow PLUS

East End Memories

Memories Of E13



Walthamstow Memories

Old Memories of Walthamstow & District

The London History Forum

Postcard London  Lots of post card pictures of all of London in this group that are put into albums by borough

Loving London of Old

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 28 April, 2019, 01:35:26 PM »
Good luck on your new group Ken. I belong to a number of East London related groups on Facebook as well as various London history and fire brigade groups, and I am a Admin on the Retired London Firefighters group. Not everyone use Facebook though which make me think there is still aplace for thos board.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The Good Old Days - The Winkle Man
« on: 24 April, 2019, 03:29:20 PM »
As kids w regularly had cockles and winkles for tea on Saturdays. Sometimes the whole family would sit around the kitchen table in advance picking the winkles out their shells, they same way we used to sit around the table for shelling peas from their shucks. I always looked forward to seaside trips and the seafood stalls with their little white plates of various seafood. I think they used to cost 6d.

There cannot be many East Londoners who have not visited Tubbly Issaccs stall at Aldgate at one time or another.

Visiting Osborne Bros cockle sheds at Leigh on Sea for a cockle tea  was another favourite. It's all been modernised now but I remember at times depending on the tides, it was possible to see the men bringing the cockles ashore from the cockle boats in large baskets strung from yokes around their necks.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 17 April, 2019, 11:10:36 PM »
Peg in the hole. Black as Newgate's Knocker when cleaning my ears when I was small. What you doing up there, a clog dance?

Ed, I do not know him by name, but possibly would recognise him by sight. I don't think he was on the same watch as mine where contact with colleagues on other stations is most likely.

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