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.
Fiona Shaw commented
Stratford Fruit and Veg Mkt 1950s/1960s
Looking for memories of the old market can you help I used to deliver veg to the market and intend to write a book about those good old days did you work their porter sales manager customer please tell me your story and a copy photo or two would be a bonus. help help. we must remember those days. was it an old railway station????
Martin Jip commented
Just wondering if there are any readers who attended Manor Infants and Junior between 1962-68, South East Essex Tech/Mayesbrook Comprehensive between 68-75. I would love to hear from you. Names I remember are;
Paul Archer, Paul Cooper, Katherine Monaghan, Josephine Hearn, Gill Simon, Julia Poole, Julia Dirs, Kevin Beech, William Atterall, Kevin
Michele stitch commented
Does anybody have any memory of Eric Road, Forest Gate 1947 when a Mrs E CHAPMAN lived at 26c Eric Road when she registered her daughter's death. She was my father's granny and all contact was lost when my father was orphaned in 1947. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
Julie Burrows commented
Does anybody remember the HAGGER, TOBIN, TONGUE family that lived at 6? Hamilton Road, Stratford in the 1950s. My granny was married 4 times, hence the different surnames. Her children were Thomas Edgar "Arthur" TONGUE 1909, Thomas HAGGER 1911, Frederick S HAGGER 1913, George E HAGGER 1914, Mary K TOBIN/HAGGER 1917, Peter M TOBIN 1930. Thomas, my grandfather, died 1967 and have spent 12 years trying to find out what happened to Fred and George. I was told, by a distant cousin that George was a cinema projectionist at one time. Any help greatly appreciated. Many thanks
I used to live on Leytonstone Road in Stratford, with my mother and father, Flo and Syd, and younger brother Paul.
I attended Maryland Point Junior School from 1950-1957, then Stratford Grammar School from 1958-1961. I moved to Australia in 1967, where I am now happily married with 4 grown children, and have only since returned to London once, in 1992. I would love to hear from anyone who might
have known me, or has memories similar to myself from the era
I lived in Stratford from 1966 to 1973. I then moved to Plaistow until 1978. I went to school at Maryland Point from '66 until 1970 and then went to Stratford Grammar School until 1977. I would like to get in touch with Khalid Khan, Jimmy Harris, Alan Suchley or other people who knew me then and would like to talk about what we are doing now. Khalid, Jimmy, do you still think about TB and AC or are they dim and distant memories
I have stumbled onto this site brilliant . I lived in Grosvenor Road when the Club Cubana was on the corner. Then moved to kingston Road. Went to loxford sec modern and left it in 1969. Went to collier row then leigh-on-sea. Now live in manchester since 1985. I loved ilford. I even drove a black cab and used to rank in balfour road and gants hill and Barking stn too. It was safe then but would not dare drive a cab now.Yes i remember the swimming pool in valentines park (bloody freezing it was). The abc on saturday mornings. the pioneer market with Rons music shop. Even worked for ilford films in 1969. Gone now. Believe its sainsburys. Will look in on the forum from time time. Great idea starting it whoever you are.From someone who remembers the good old days....
Joyce Lawrence commented
I lived in Ilford betwen 1960 and 1977. I went to Cleveland Junior School 1960 to 1962 and then Loxford Secondary Boys between 1962 and 1967. I lived in Grosvenor Road 1960 - 1965 and then Kingston Rosd 1965 - 1977
I went to see the exhibit at the Tithe Barn museum, and, while it is fairly small, it is well worth going to see. A former fan of the Bombers has donated a home made video, featuring some of the home and away matches from 1969 & 1970, which we were able to watch.
The clips have been put together from assorted home cine films. A documentary style commentary has also been added. It brought back many memories seiing the likes of Ross Gilbertson, Ian Gills, Charlie Benham, Brian Foote & Des Lukehurst in action again after all these years. I am hoping to get to the special day on 2nd August, but the date falls right in the middle of my annual family holiday, so I may have to return home just for the afternoon.
Margeret Astill commented
My mother was born Joyce Ada Rita Rose Goody in 1949 in Barking and married Michael John Moore in 1971. Michael Vincent Moore was born 1972 and is now know by the surname Sweeney. Sally-Anne Moore (all one first name) was born in 1974. My mother formed a family with Michael Denis Sweeney (born 1935-2009) in 1974. She did not have a family between her marriage and living with my father. I have to further brothers, Daren Matthew Sweeney born 1969 and Martin James Sweeney born 1971. I was born Denis Craig Sweeney in 1979. My name Denis, like my father's has only one 'n'.
Daren Matthew married Janet Carol Putney in 2000. They have two children, Lewis George Sweeney born 1999 and Charlotte Carol born 2003.
My mother's sister, Mary Alice Goody born 1940, married Victor Harrington in 1962. They have two children. Lee Douglas Harrington born 1963 and Amanda Harrington born 1965.
My partner is Alyce Rosina Collier born 1974. I have five step children who are Joshuah David Collier born 1992, Cheyenne Alice Lakota Collier born 1995, twins Jared Robert Collier and Morgan Peter Collier born 1998 and Daisy Eden Collier born 2000. My own daughter Autumn Collier was born 2008.
I have photos of family members I would like to upload to your site but I would also like to have photos of my grandparents and my great grandparents.
Not so much a comment, more a question – but I must say I found this blog article very interesting. It shed some light on a very early part of my working life!
My first job after leaving school was at the Canning Town Public Library, which introduced me to a way of life, and people, with whom I had until then almost no contact. It was a revelation that taught me very rapidly some of the realities of life.
My question is simply this – was the Canning Town Library one of the Passmore Edwards libraries? I should love to know.
Thanks for the always interesting and enlightening Spitalifields Life.
I am delighted that my daily walk to work is along the Triumph of Common Sense, to Stepney City Farm, opposite Dog-Eared Corner.
I can never see too many photos of old buildings in London. The city is changing and not for the better. I used to live in the East End which has changed beyond recognition.
In the 1970’s there were only two of those houses standing on Wellington Way. One of them was a dentist. The rest have been built since, but in the same style
Katie Walsh commented
Great site was just wondering if any one remembers George and Annie Clark and their sons George,Ron and Kenny from stepney for a book Im writing
I would like everybody to remember the riflemen from the east end of london, they were from stepney and poplar areas, they signed up in www1. my grandfather is on the monument at the east london cemetery, why we can't find out, but we are all proud of him, just a simple east end man who eventually died for his country.
Caroline Dickin commented
I lived in King John Street Stepney(now Stepping Stones Farm) until 1970 when we were moved out.
I heard it was to a meeting house for Annie Besant, the social reformer. Whether she used part of the property before demolition is not exactly known. Information from deeds dated 1663 states that Henry, the first Marquis of Worcester, owned the property. The building was demolished around mid to late 1900s to make way for residential properties.
Tony Sleight commented
Anyone out there have any photos of Juniper st Shadwell E.1. I lived there from 1937 until 1962. I was there all the way through the war. But have no photos.
John Barclay commented
I thoroughly enjoy the information that is available here. As an earlier 'east ender' with slight ties to the Shadwell area, it is always a joy to learn more about
Lee Bennett commented
I lived at 67 khartoum road until 1964.Went to Loxford sec. school 52-56 and recall teachers like Little and Hutchins who loved using the cane.We often went to the lido in Barking park and also the cinema flea pit in Barking. As a teenager was a regular at the Ilford Palais, the Mocha cafe almost opposite and the town hall when they held traditional jazz nights. Great times but not sorry to eventually leave Ilfors