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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 08 March, 2019, 03:33:41 PM »
Mick, thanks for prompt reply.
I must have seen it many times without knowing it, as I used the café in that area when working on the Blue Star ships. I hope that the dock development board have not demolish it in the name of improvement.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Dockland
« on: 08 March, 2019, 01:04:13 PM »
I can recall my dear old dad telling me about The Queens Chimney located somewhere in the royal docks.
He did say it was where contraband was burnt, although I worked in the docks for a few years I never discovered where is was. Did it get destroyed in the bombing during the war?

Historical Newham / Re: West Ham School of Building
« on: 04 March, 2019, 03:37:34 PM »
Thanks Mick, what a cracking photo of West Ham School of Building & surrounding area.
I can remember cycling from Custom Hse & passing lots of waste ground that had been cleared of bombed buildings & terraced houses that were ripe for demolition & the photo shows this perfectly.
Wow! that photo brings back many memories.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Balaam Street
« on: 28 February, 2019, 12:07:48 PM »
A nice building with lots of character, shame,  I suppose it was replaced with a soul less slab.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1950s/docks
« on: 24 February, 2019, 11:40:11 AM »
Hi Harry, where have you seen a mention of Henry [Harry] Kennard?
Harry Kennard was not in Mr Davey class when I was there, I believe he was in the B stream.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 18 February, 2019, 01:47:03 PM »
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Having to wear one of these in a hot classroom for an hour +
created many lapses of concentration.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 18 February, 2019, 01:34:37 PM »
Hi Ed, lots of memories of those days, but one that I will always remember, that of having to carry the little cardboard box on a string which contained the gas mask. It was as if it was the crown jewels, bed, toilet, you name it, it followed you everywhere, the bloody thing got in the way, playing football, climbing around in deserted houses, a right nuisance at the best of times, but crikey if you were caght without it you were for a wallop & ordered to the Anderson shelter to serve your time. Whatever happened to all those thousands of gas masks after the war?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 17 February, 2019, 11:21:42 AM »
Hi Bob L, I agree, the bombsite was our playgrounds, digging under rubble as soon as the all clear had sounded & swinging from the roof trusses on a piece of rope, you could hear squeals of laughter from many happy kids.
Bugger health & safety, we were having fun when all around was doom & gloom.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 16 February, 2019, 01:26:03 PM »
Hi Mick, thanks for posting those maps, they make some very interesting viewing.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 13 February, 2019, 04:04:59 PM »
Hi All, many thanks for all your help, I believe I have it now, I was mistaken into thinking the 2 roads on the right were Churchill & Randolph, Harry info cleared this up for me,I can now see that they are Ripley & Tree, with the Blue Star garage on the right just out of view. I didnt know me ar*e from me elbow.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 12 February, 2019, 11:05:31 AM »
Hi Harry, thanks for info, as a local, can you confirm that the 2 roads on right of photo are Churchill Rd & Randolph Rd? I am utterly confused by biff post.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 11 February, 2019, 11:00:45 AM »
Hi Mick, poor phrasing on my behalf, I would like to know, what was on this site before the bombing.

Bif, thanks for your reply, you have thrown new light on the photo by saying "the roads in the photo are Tree Rd nearest to the camera & Ripley Rd on the far side"
There was me thinking it was Shipman Rd nearest to the camera.
I am sure other posters will confirm which is which.

Newham memories and nostalgia / 1945
« on: 10 February, 2019, 03:43:13 PM »
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Hi All, this photo is named Prince Regent Lane 1945.
If the roads on the right are Churchill Rd & Randolph Rd, what was built in the central site?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 10 February, 2019, 12:16:17 PM »
Hi Harry, I can remember David Stone, he was a good friend of Derek Stead who used to live in Royal Rd, a friend of mine. When Mr Davey choir were on full volume in the main hall, I was often told to keep my mouth shut.
On many ocasions I wondered to myself, how can such a rough bunch of kids make such nice music, great days.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 09 February, 2019, 12:21:22 PM »
Hi Harry, on the topic of Mr Davey, the best teacher in Shipman Rd school when I was there.
I was told that he was knocked about badly at Caen in  the Normandy landings, sustaining serious injuries.
He never, ever mentioned it, the info was passed to me by another teacher.
Seeing life in the raw & not from a university campus gave him an edge on todays teachers & we were the lucky ones.

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