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Offline MickG

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Newham Public House History
« on: 18 November, 2018, 12:56:56 PM »
Some of the most frequented buildings of the past must have been the Public House. Although to be found in virtually every village, east London and Newham had more than their fair share. Public Houses or in many cases Inns are some of the oldest buildings to be found on maps. Many transformed with newer buildings over the years but remained on the same site. Now due to rapidly changing social trends, often centuries of history are rapidly coming to an end, as like sand castles on the beach, public houses fall one after one to the incoming tide of modernity.

Newham had something of a reputation for public houses with seemingly one appearing to be on every street corner, and also halfway along each street. I remember as a youth trying with friends to 'do the round' of Stratford Broadway which has something like fourteen public houses all in close proximity to each other. Although some public houses had notorious reputations, for most people they were places where they could socialise with others on what was something of a neutral ground. Public house also served as a form of escapism from what was poor housing conditions at the time.

I have started by adding a few photographs to the White Horse Inn that proudly used to stand in High Street South opposite Central Park, and which has now sadly fallen to redevelopment.

The original White Horse circa 1900




The White Horse following heavy WW2 bomb damage




The White Horse in 2003 (photo by Brian Berry)

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Re: Newham Public House History
« Reply #1 on: 18 November, 2018, 03:51:16 PM »
Hi MickG, keep up with the photos they bring some much needed fresh air into the forum.
Oh dear what a lifeless building the 2003 White Horse is, compared to the others, which are full of character & of some architectural merit.
So many of our modern day buildings are so lacking in good features & eye appeal, I wonder why.
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« Reply #2 on: 18 November, 2018, 04:30:01 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: 18 November, 2018, 04:33:39 PM »
Another fine example of a nice building, soon to make way for a slab of concrete called social housing or flats.

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Rosetta Road School
« Reply #4 on: 19 November, 2018, 01:17:43 PM »
I don,t  know the date of Rosetta Road School but the buildings on view was where the school clinic was situated where I had some fillings done on my teeth foot operated drill!! no anaesthetic ,still feel the pain,one nurse holding your head in a vice like grip while the other operated the foot treadle  and drill .       
Incedently the classrom I was in was bombed by a Jerry bomber on its way back from a bombing raid on London , it must have had a few bombs left and i suppose seeing the school as a rather large target dropped two bombs ,one on the tennis courts and one on the school.
Our schoolteacher at that time was Mr Fred Munns.Regards Harry.I
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Re: Newham Public House History
« Reply #5 on: 20 November, 2018, 02:16:36 PM »
Hi Harry, your experience at the dental clinic made me smile. Where did they get them nurses from, they were not a bit feminine & built like brick outhouses.
We all went in fear of being sent to the school clinic, even missing lessons was little reward.
Ken.

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Re: Newham Public House History
« Reply #6 on: 20 November, 2018, 05:21:49 PM »
Ken still on the Dentist theme , I used to go to the Council clinic at Vicarage rd in Barking mid 50s and the Dentist was a frightening Scottish man who when he lent over you to work on yer teeth always smelt of ,I dont know what really weird, some time later after he was replaced I found out he had been struck off for being drunk, it was Whisky I could smell , I think me Dad was a Brown Ale man .

All the best Ed

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Re: Newham Public House History
« Reply #7 on: 20 November, 2018, 08:51:56 PM »
Hi All I forgot to mention the bomb that fell on Rosetta School actually destroyed the classroom that I was in and on turning up for school the next day surprise  surprise no classroom!!! REgards Harry.I.

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« Reply #8 on: 21 November, 2018, 12:18:46 PM »
Hi Ken I forgot to mention that visits to the dentist was always preceded by the dreaded blue clinic card handed out at school.
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Re: Newham Public House History
« Reply #9 on: 21 November, 2018, 01:08:43 PM »
Hi Harry & Ed, returning to the subject of nurses, what about the nit nurse visit & waiting to see who got the dreaded letter to take home.
What I clearly remember is, when you left the dentist after an abstraction you mouth & lips were dead for many hours afterwards,  speaking was difficult & eating nigh impossible. The anaesthetics have improved since those days.
Ken.

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« Reply #10 on: 25 November, 2018, 01:21:05 PM »
Ken    What ? Going to pull down the Denmark surely not . Years ago I posted some memories of mid 60s drinking there , nothing serious but after a friday session at the steam bathes opposite and losing some weight with some of the Chaps we wouid pop into the Denmark and probably put it all back on . As it happens one of our slimming group called Frank was at that time going out with the Guv'nors daughter called Jan so we managed a few  ( freemans) . This was also a handy Drinker when we visited the Town Hall dances great times

 All the best Ed

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« Reply #11 on: 26 November, 2018, 11:21:07 AM »
Hi Ed, nothing is sacred these days, the heart is being torn out of the east end in the name of progress, to be replaced with souless concrete, well I dont know what to call them. All we are left with is some wonderful memories.
The same is happening in Bournemouth, the sea front houses set in lovely gardens, are making way for great blocks of flats, concrete & glass misfits. The local council seem powerless to stop the multinational developers.
I certainly would not recognise the area that I was born & grew up & before leaving for  national service.
Ken.