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Offline MickG

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Do I know this place?
« on: 24 July, 2018, 12:41:58 PM »
I no longer live in London but it's sometimes nice to use the magic Google Earth to transport oneself back to those areas one used to know. Being based at Plaistow Fire Station the area covered by my station was virtually everything south of the Metropolitan line between Green Street and the River Lea. It is an area I knew like the back of my hand. While looking around on Google Earth,  I came to the  Caxton Street North/Silvertown Way area only to find it virtually unrecognisable to anything I knew. New road systems and layouts, what looks like private high rise residential apartments and so on. This was previously an area full of light industrial businesses. I know change s to be expected, but never-the-less, when one sees it on such a scale, it still comes as bit of a shock.


Caxton Street North courtesy of Google Earth

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« Reply #1 on: 24 July, 2018, 03:13:10 PM »
Hi MickG, it has certainly changed from the rows of terraced houses that I remember.
Where I was born in Custom Hse, the 2 up 2 down houses with outside toilet located close to the Vic Dock are now being advertised as "Artisans Dwellings with a corresponding price.
I did go back to have a look around some time ago, never again, nice memories shattered.
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« Reply #2 on: 25 July, 2018, 01:02:35 PM »
A chap in the turning where I now live was an Ex Shipman Road School lad who lived in Royal Road told me that he went back to visit old relatives still living in the area and the only remark he could make that it was now a complete S--t hole.
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« Reply #3 on: 26 July, 2018, 12:20:18 PM »
Harry, the terraced houses where I was born were of lovely red brickwork with decorative lintols.
Alas no more. The brickwork has disappeared under garish coats of paint, can you imagine 12 houses all in different colours, a right mess.
I will not be going back again, anyway I cant speak the local language.
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« Reply #4 on: 26 July, 2018, 01:47:32 PM »
HI Ken I suppose I was guilty of painting the front of our house in Varley Road a nice tint of green although there was,nt any nice brick  as it was a pebble dash finish to start with and the funny part was that after a few weeks of finishing the painting someone from Berwick Road where houses of a similar design knocked to ask details of the colour and where we bought the emulsion from and did their house the same. Varley road had many different coloured fronts  to their houses.  Mind you if the design of the houses had been different I would agree with you wholeheartedly.
 Incidently that particular house was builtin 1935 for the princely sum of four hundred and fifty pounds .
And as for not understanding the languages I think now you can take your pick!!!.
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« Reply #5 on: 26 July, 2018, 04:33:32 PM »
Hi Harry, I am still fluent in Shipman Rd english as taught by Mr Davey.
Quite a bit of pure Custom Hse slips out when I jabber away, much to the amusement of my friends.
Christchurch remains English speaking, we hav'nt been invaded yet, although Bournemouth hospital would close without overseas aid.
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« Reply #6 on: 27 July, 2018, 02:20:54 PM »
Hi Ken the description you mentioned of the various coloured houses remind me of a children,s programme our grandchildren used to watch on TV called Balamoray. Regards Harry I

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keeping cool in this hot spell!!!
« Reply #7 on: 31 July, 2018, 11:51:49 AM »
Hi Ken your story of how you keep cool in the hot weather came to mind today whilst reading the Mail and the story of the expensive beach hut on Mudeford  beach. Is it free to sunbathe on a beach with such expensive beach huts £300,000 !!!.I thought that £20,000 for a beach hut along the Southend on Sea coast was dear but £300,000 Wow!!!. We made a short trip to Christchurch a few years back while on holiday in Bournmouth and all i can recall was a lake and a Church in some sort of park area .Regards Harry.I.

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« Reply #8 on: 31 July, 2018, 12:06:06 PM »
Ken,
with regards to your post Artisan Dwellings , I posted a couple of years ago a Canary Wharf ex council house in estatemanagers jargon as a ex Dockers Cottage , oh c'mon  talk about window dressing .

All the best Ed

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« Reply #9 on: 01 August, 2018, 10:53:26 AM »
Hi Harry, the beach where these high priced huts are located is not the best, but is free.
However access is via a small land train or ferry, both cost a few pound.
I live in a village in the New Forest approx 5 miles from the centre of Xch. (Far from the maddening crowd)

Ed, Estate Agents are fast taking on the small shops as they become vacant in a section of Bournemouth, where the rent & business rates are sky high.
The race is on between Estate Agents & Charity shops, at least the Charity shops dont tell porkies.
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Re: Do I know this place?
« Reply #10 on: 01 August, 2018, 06:29:18 PM »
Ken I have friends that live in Sopley which would be not too far from you. In my youth, I frequently went to Avon Tyrell for adventure weekends.

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« Reply #11 on: 02 August, 2018, 11:55:57 AM »
Hi MickG, some years ago now, I worked in the RAF Sopley underground bunker which is  just around the corner from the Woolpack pub in Sopley.
Sopley hasnt changed a lot over the years, no shops, 1 pub, the developers having been kept at arms length.
Avon Tyrell is still a very popular youth centre, now catering for overseas students.
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« Reply #12 on: 02 August, 2018, 12:44:50 PM »
Hello Ken, My friends who live in Sopley nearlt opposite the Woolpack are very active. When they first moved there, the local community hall was very dilapidated and he applied for a EU grant to modernise it. His application succeeded and they now have a first class community centre there now. His wife is the lead in a singing trio know as 'The Blue Stockings' which specialise in old time war era songs and are very well know in the area.

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« Reply #13 on: 03 August, 2018, 11:53:58 AM »
Hi MickG, many years ago when I used to holiday in Sopley, I can remember playing snooker in the village hall, which was located adjacent  to the Woolpack. In those days it was a thriving community centre, hosting wedding receptions & events, which I suppose paid for its upkeep.
I rarely go that way now, unless it is on my way to browse around Ringwood market.
Many of the local so called Old Worlde Pubs are no more than glorified restaurants, which do not appeal to me.
kenm.

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« Reply #14 on: 15 August, 2018, 03:37:19 PM »
Mick & Ken ,
  have been away for a while but picked up the Metro newspaper and in the property section aug 14 a big advert for a development where Barking power station used to be called Barking riverside . Thought I'd trawl through the wesite and in response to the earlier posts upgrading normal working class houses as Artisan dwellings or Dockers cottages Barking has excelled itself with a gem calling the new dlopement Barking the new Barcelona on Thames  , check it out  how times change .

 All the best Ed