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Canning Town History Tour
« on: 03 August, 2008, 10:49:59 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: 19 October, 2009, 07:52:46 PM »

Many moons ago while researching the history of Old Canning Town I found a description
of the area circa the mid-late 1700's.

During the 1700's there were three or four  families living in Old Canning Town--these families one would describe as farmers--they grew hay and also raised cattle and other crops that would have enabled them to be self suppporting.

Plus the local river and streams provided good fishing areas---and appears the main catch of the day was some sort of Perch.

The referenced families allowed their cattle to graze over a large area of Canning Town but would add that Old Canning Town was prone to flooding--even up to the 1930's and perhaps later.

It appear the soil was pretty good as my Grandfather grew several beautiful  Lilac Tree's
in his back garden.

And would add that even after WW2 ended the lilac trees still bloomed for many years  in the gardens of the bombed damaged houses---until the houses were demolished along with the trees some time in the late 1940's--early 1950's.


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Re: Canning Town History Tour
« Reply #2 on: 20 October, 2009, 01:20:51 AM »
Hi Mary,
Your refer to a description of Old Canning Town in mid 1700s and that there were 3 or 4 farming families living there. If you follow this link ( to the Map section on the main Newham Story website you will see the enlarged version of the Chapman & Andre Map of 1777.

The map shows that at this time Canning Town didn’t actually exist and the area was in fact known as Plaistow Marsh.

The nearest dwellings were at the bottom end of Plaistow village.  You will see that the Barking Road is not there, that didn’t come into being until after the Iron Bridge was built in 1810 and it was around this time the first dwellings appeared in the area just near the bridge, and some wooden shacks on the marsh near where Bow Creek flowed into the Thames, which is where Lascar or Indian sailors lodged.

I also have a map dated 1843 which clearly shows the Barking Road  but there is still no mention of Canning Town which started to be built up a few years later.


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Re: Canning Town History Tour
« Reply #3 on: 20 October, 2009, 03:25:54 AM »

Hi Kathy.

Thank you for the data on the area that was known as Plaistow Marsh and that the first Iron bridge was built around 1810.

And on the old history website there was a lot of input on several very old narrow wooden bridges that linked Poplar to Canning Town.

And it appears these very old wooden bridges came in very handy during WW2 when the then Iron Bridge was often closed off to traffic while the bridge was searched for un-exploded bombs--not aware that any were ever found.

And the above referenced Wooden Bridges were still in use in the 1970's.


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« Reply #4 on: 28 May, 2015, 08:36:32 PM »
I used to drink in the bridge house at the foot of the said ironbridge that was actually a concrete one in the late forties.Although it still retained its name.
& the ironbridge tavern just over the bridge into poplar was a poplar haunt in the late forties & fifties
Queenie watts husband had a scrap iron yard on the river bank..& she used to sing in the ironbridge tavern on weekends but I don't remember any wooden bridges.