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Offline ALANF

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Re: Autobiographies based in the East End
« Reply #15 on: 27 July, 2008, 02:27:08 PM »
I realise that this is not the forum for such a subject, but I must add that "Us lot from Canning Town", also looked down on those from Custom House and Silvertown. The lowest of the low were those from North Woolwich!!

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Re: Autobiographies based in the East End
« Reply #16 on: 27 July, 2008, 03:45:19 PM »
And across the Ferry was the 'Bread & Jam' side because they didn't eat proper food, especially those who were buying their own houses (my father's definition of South Woolwich and beyond).
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Re: Autobiographies based in the East End
« Reply #17 on: 27 July, 2008, 05:56:17 PM »
This is not really the type of debate I would wish to get involved in, because I strongly believe that all the E.16. post code residents were in the same post war situation and social environment.  I would say though, that my grandfather lived in Fire Brigade Terrace, Mary Rose St., right opposite Henley Cables & Western Electric (later Standard Telephones & Cables) in North Woolwich and he was Works Manager at Western Electric. I still have his inscribed fob watch that was presented to him by the Western Electric night workers in 1918.  The hub of industry and major local employers from Pinchin Johnsons to Henley Cables were situated between West Silvertown and North Woolwich.  The very first factory and social housing was created by Samual Winkworth Silver sometime in the 1860's.  Certainly, in my opinion, in post WW2 there was no difference between any one's social standard in the E.16. post code - we were all as poor as each other and all of us lived in the same old Victorian terraced houses.  - Stan 

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Re: Autobiographies based in the East End - some for the list
« Reply #18 on: 28 July, 2008, 07:07:36 AM »
Forbes, Bryan, "Notes For A Life" (London: Collins, 1974) Actor, Director, Writer. Born in Forest Gate.

"The Bridge House, Canning Town", Terence Murphy, autobiog focussing on his days at the famous rock venue

A number of books by Cass Pennant about his life and times as a football hooligan - http://www.casspennant.com/

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Re: Autobiographies based in the East End
« Reply #19 on: 03 March, 2009, 04:20:39 PM »
I have mentioned in previous postings, "The Little Clown", which is an autobiography of Reg Varney's early years in Canning Town. At the end of the book, it states that he is preparing another book detailing his later years. As Reg died aged 92 last year, does anyone know if this book was completed and published?  I have searched "The net", but without any luck.
Alan