Valuable resource for outer East London, a suburb that went from being a rural hamlet to the industrial centre of the southeast in about 50 years.
Bill hooks commented
Just found your site, I was born at 4 Station Rd Walthamstow in 1937, above the butchers shop, I wonder if you knew my brother Dudley, he is older than me, my Mum worked in Uncle Evans dairy, next door, for a while.
I went to Coppermill Secondary school and found it fascinating reading about streets and places that I had forgotten about, when I last visited I asked my younger brother Stan (named after our father) to take a trip down Coppermill Lane to see the old school and was told its not there any more and is a housing estate, didn't get to go down there.
My older brother went to Markhouse Road school, we were evacuated during the war to Bedford. I used to look out the window above the shop and watch the comings and goings from the Blackhorse pub, also had a boyfriend that would wait on the corner there and when I saw him I would make an excuse to go for a walk. His name was Ron and he was in the air force. When he went to Germany I lost touch, can say he was my first romance
Mark ford commented
I have nothing but fond memories of the old place.I moved there from Ilford in 1941 and was a permanent resident until 1950 when I joined the MN I paid off my last ship in Canada in 1958 and have lived here ever since.I went to Gearies school until 1945 then I went to Walthamstow tech until 1950.I remember playing soccer and cricket at the'rec'.My mother was the manager of Hemmings bakery on the High St.I had a good friend Mickey Hutt who lived just off the High st,and another Ernie Wills he lived off of Clayhall ave.We went to the'tech' together.My best friend Denis St.Pier went to ICHS and married a girl named Irene,as a matter of fact I proposed to her for him as he was very shy with girls.The last time I heard he was living on the Hainault Estates which was newly built at that time.Does any one of the whereabouts of my friends?.I would appreciate some help
Add the 1980s editions
Blimey,I have been in many pubs in the Dagenham & Barking area!As well the old night club Chains that used to be near the Barking dog!
There was so many pubs in Dagenham/Barking!The Cross keys which is still going as is the Eastbrook.
The Church Elm is now a library,I used too go in a little bar,in a snooker club!It was near my old works.It was called the cue ball,it was a rather pleasant place with a decent crowd.Its a funded church type thing now.
As many of you probably know,Dagenham has changed beyond recognition over the past couple of Decades
Steve Turner commented
I was chatting to some of the lads earlier about some old pubs in Barking and Dagenham.
Sadly neglected and closed down now but there were some rocking boozas back in the day.
If you have stories or pics, please share here.
I'll start with a quick-win.
The Roundhouse, Lodge Avenue. What a place for live music.
I was too young to remember the real legendary bands but still remember some really good amateur bands in the early 90s.
I used to play snooker next door in the club.
When the door opened, there was a wall of smoke that hit you in the face.
Also, I spent some time in the Merry Fiddlers when in was a kid. Loved that place.
The Fanshawe (Pipers) on Gale Street was "lively".
My parents, Donald Gocke and Susan Rickard, were born and brought up in the Canning Town area in the 1920s, up to and through World War II. In their later lives, my mum and dad put together a history of their lives and experiences, for my brother and I to pass on to their grandchildren
my dad owned the baker,s shop in Poplar high st next to the post office and opposite Wickes the grocers 1935
My family moved from Forest Gate to 76 Murray Square around 1950 /51. I moved out to Walthamstow when I got married in 1962. I now live in Victoria (Mornington Peninsula). I’m afraid I don’t recall your name butthen I think 27 was on the far side of the square to us. The names I do remember are the Pooleys, the Cotters, the Browns, the Proberts, The Davies and the Bichenoes. Do any of those ring any bells? Another family were the Ropers.Given time I may remember a few more.
My Grandad and family drank in the ‘Abbey’ the Aberfeldy Tavern for many years – some might say he had shares in it lol…. I remember being taken to the pub and occasionally the chip shop you mention as a child…. although more often we would go to ‘Wally reardons (I think it was) shell fish stall….. Happy days
Dave Parker commented
Interesting site. My great aunt’s family ran a baker shop from Upper North Street, Poplar.
The 1901 the census shows that they had 2 servants and the male children helped with deliveries. The family name is Mager. I believe he was interned in 1915. Does anyone know anything of them or the shop
Hi there can any one help me please ,what it is what ship sailed in to poplar or surrounding area from abroad about 1937 my nan rose Emmins came from surrounding area, poplar Walthamstow Chingford Stepney met a man had my father and looking for any information to do with a grandad who the family never knew family that I am related to are Emmins Nunn ,my nan was one of thirteen children names a few William [ Bill ] Emmins brother Charlie brother . sister babs not sure if this one was a sister or cousin Nellie lived Stepney, so who ever can help me kind regards karen jessett nee Emmins Family years ago had fruit and veg stall.
Jane Darrell commented
My Mum lived in The Ivy pub in Poplar with my auntie, uncle and Nan in the 1930/40 I can’t find a photo of it anywhere
I left London altogether in the early seventies and haven’t visited East Ham high street since. Ironically all the old shops are the only memory I have of East Ham. It’s sad to hear about the demise of the Co-op. I too remember going to Santa’s grotto as a kid. I can remember the moving walls on each side of the ‘carriage’ giving you the sensation of traveling to see santa. Me and my mum was always going in there for something. Good memories
I lived in St John’s Road for the first 18 years of my life (1945-63) and I remember the Co-Op well. I got to know the two window cleaners quit well and would often spend up to half and hour chatting to the one at the bottom of the very tall ladder that they used.They never wore any harness or safety gear and it amazed me how they would scoot up the ladder to a very high height. Wouldn’t be allowed nowadays of course.
I believe the Cop-Op was built on the site of the old St Johns church, as next door to the Co-Op in St Johns Road was St John’s Church Hall, and opposite was a big, detached house called The Vicarage. At Christmas time the church hall would be used as an overflow sorting office for the Post Office and St John’s Road would be full of coaches with mail bags on the seats ready for sorting. The Cop-Op must have been a major employer in the area, and two of our neighbours worked there all their working life. I also remember Christmas at the Co-Op with its lavish decorations and the famous pony on the top floor pulling the coach to see Father Christmas. It was the classic department store of is day, and rivalled Bearmans at Leytonstone and Boardmans at Stratford. The Denmark Artms was one of the famous pubs of East Ham – had youb realised that most bus stops in those days were situated outside pubs – The Green Gate, Abbey Arms, Boleyn etc.
In 1983 my parents got posh and we moved to Barking, which in those days was in Essex, and that made all the difference to your address ! Happy days, long since gone
Anyone remember the early 70's in delightful education department in the above establishment. Remember Eddie & Agnes in the college bar? Anyone ffor a sit in
Harry s commented
Hello. I am a 69 year old pensioner living in Australia and I am seeking a favour from some kind person in Stratford. My Grandfather PERCY HAROLD RYTON-BENSON and some of his siblings were born at 9 Newton Rd. Stratford in 1872,1874, 1876, and one of PERCY'S children was born at 117 Gurney Rd. also in Stratford, then in Essex. Anyway, what I am asking is will some kind person take a photo of these houses and send to me, either by snail mail, or scan and send email. If you can do this, you will make me extremely happy, my family tree is my only hobby now. Cheerio
Hi there I was born and raised in Desford Road, Canning Town, until my family moved to Australia in 1971. Reading the comments here has made so many memories come flooding back, the ice creams, sarsaparilla at Rathbone markets, buying sweeties from Mr Nolan, buying chips in newspaper on the way home from Brownies, StarLane Infant school, singing All Things Bright and Beautiful. My maiden name is Stafford, my nan lived in Desford Road also, as did my Aunt, Esther Scott. She had two children Albie and Christine. Another Aunt and Uncle Tom and Lilian Lyons lived in Green Gate. Would be great to make a connection
The memories I was born at St Marys in 1950 and lived at Ayres Close went to school at curwen and Burke left in 1964 to emigrate to New Zealand but came back home to England my mum worked at mudies pie mash along the abbey arms my godmother lived in Malmesbury Road the memories are wonderful had a great childhood
Warren Evans commented
Hi all I was born in forest gate and moved to 27 Murray square n I was young I had two sisters tina and Debbie and a brother Jimmy my mum and dads names were Jim and pat mason we moved to Kent in 1969 so if there is anyone who lived in Murray square before 1969 I would love to hear from you
George P commented
Does anyone remember the Stratford music festival in the 60s? Local Junior Schools would take part with students playing various musical pieces (I had my picture in the paper playing recorder one time) plus another section was poetry reading. I remember reciting a couple of years, probably 1964-1965 and 1965/1966.
Any information gratefully received.