Great newspaper covering the East London area. Robert Balthrop's column provided a fascinating weekly look at the history of the area in particular.
Please add the full listings of dates for the paper
And we are still kept in limbo as to whether the paper will ever get added? Not good enough bna it deserves to be published
History is at stake save the papers records
Further details please
My grandparents were married in St. John's C of E. Stratford, West Ham in 1900. When my parents visited England in the 1960's they went to see the church. If that is they same St. John's then it was there 40 years ago. I don't know about now.
We need to focus more on this paper add more content
Does anyone have details of the history of Stratford Magistrates Court in West Ham Lane. As far as I can find it closed in 1994 when the Court moved to the new address of 389-397 High St, London E15 4SB. Most of the records and registers were not moved to the new court. I am trying to track down the Courts history and where the files went
G H Staden
My grandfather Frederick Parsons worked at Boak Roberts on Carpenters Road. With his wife he lived in one of the two houses on the edge of the site on Carpenters Road. The railway marshalling yards were just across the road. This area was thoroughly bombed during WW2, and during one raid their house was heavily damaged.
Can anyone else give me the dates of raids on the railway yards? When did Boak Roberts close?
Any help gratefully received as I live in Canada.
i lived at no.54 skiers street from the age of 4 until i was 37 in 1973, the houses were build in the victorian era but i never heaard of any graveyard before that time But have recently heard they were meant to be haunted and articles featured in the Recorder regarding the hauntings
Carol Ann commented
Can someone help trace the film made sometime in the 60s filmed in Water Lane, by the old Deanery High School. Cannot remember what the film was called but had a young teenage couple in it. I went to Deanery from 61-66 and am trying to trace school friends etc too
Inlived in Providence House West Ferry Road, poplar – went to Wades Street Catholic School – would love to hear from kids who played at Limehouse Pier – Victoria Park , Shadwell locks , hard but we were all had the same, nothing, great days
On March 19th 1941, over one hundred people had taken shelter in Bullivant’s Wharf, a large communal shelter at ground level by the Isle of Dogs riverfront off Westferry Road. That night, the shelter took a direct hit. Forty-four people were killed and 60 were injured. This was the Island’s biggest wartime disaster – bigger even than the incident which killed so many members of the auxilary services at Cubitt Town School in September 1940.
Among the dead were Keith Woods’ Grandmother Minnie, who was 48, and his Aunt Doris, who was 19. His Grandfather Albert Woods was badly injured, but survived. Keith’s father, also Albert, and his two uncles, John and Donald, were not in the shelter.
For reasons which remain mysterious, Keith’s father and uncles, who were young men in their twenties at the time, lost contact with their father after the war. He remarried – a lady who had lost her husband and daughter in the same bombing raid. Keith did not meet his own Grandfather until he was 17.
With so many dead and injured, it is no surprise that stories of Bullivant’s Wharf often come up in memories of the Island at war. As an official Public Shelter, it was considered safe and was well used. George Thurgar said: “Bullivant’s were the wire rope manufacturers on the waterfront. People used to go there in the evening and it got to be quite a social event, they had a woman in the next street who was a piano teacher, she used to play the piano, they used to have sing-songs. At about six o’clock at night, people used to pack their bags and troop off to Bullivants.”
George, my great-great-grandad, was born in 1884 and was one of 10 children – Annie, William, Louie, Sidney, Ernest, Edward, Ethel, Arthur and Hilda, born between 1879 and 1901. Their parents were Edward Newman Robinson and Jane Alice Peebles, who was born in Poplar. I believe George worked for the Post of London Authority and later in life he kept a stall in East Ferry Road. He was always referred to in the family as the Hokey-Pokey Man! My grandad and his mother got their love of ice-cream from George, I am sure. I would love to know more about him.”
Sophie Fenn lived with the Powell Family during 1850's until early 1900's. They lived on Ely Terrace before moving to Bridge Street in the early 1870's. Sophia was a spinster. Sophia appeared on numerous Powell marriage certificates as a witness. She shows as a lodger on most census's but then as a sister in law on one of them. She was born around 1830's and was about the same age as Eliza Powell( nee Ennes/s) born 1827 Mile End. Eliza was married to Robert William Powell( painter). I have been unable to make any connection with the Powell's. or indeed the Ennes/s. As Sophia Fenn appears to have lived with the family for so long and also as a witness, I would love to know what the connection is. Eliza and Robert had several children including a daughter called Sophia born 1856 Mile End.
Can we see this title digitalised as we have very little history available online
Peter childs commented
Hi I am looking at connecting with any of the Lees family descendents, My 3 x great grandfather William Henry Broadbridge Lees born 1846 Cork Ireland came to the Uk before 1861, he married Selina Mary Bath in 1869 and had 6 children (that I know of) 5 girls 1 boy named Louisa, Selina, Clara, Ann, George and Alice. my line is from Louisa who married John William/William John Bull (some discrepancy which was his first or second name), they had 2 children William Henry and Selina, unfortunately Louisa died not long after Selina was born. Their father remarried (I think) and had (my great grandfather William Henry) 2 stepbrothers and a half sister. No names are known not even the 2nd wife's name all I have been told was she was possibly Louisa's nurse....I am unable to find William Henry on 1901 or 1911 census Selina got taken away and name was changed. I am unable to also find John William/William John on 1901 or 1911 census if you are connected in anyway to Louisa's sisters please contact me with any info you may have. Thank you
Im looking for Eva Marion marsh or any of her family, as of 1953 all I no is she was a dress maker, finisher an presser from West ham Essex an her address at that time was 14 Willis road West Ham U D. She has a daughter to John Marshall her name is Ann Marshall born 1957 maybe living in Barking road
Looking for descendants of John & Elizabeth Cork who lived in Little Ilford in 1901. In 1923 their address was 155 Milton Ave, East Ham on his fathers (Henry Alfred)death certifacate.Same address given in 1927 on his son's war memorial. Other children were Elizabeth (b;1894) John (b;1896) William (b;1900). Henry Alfred Cork was my Greatgrandfather who died 1920 in Forrest Gate.
I am researching the Greaves/Whites who were born in Forest Gate. Walter Thomas Greaves and Florence Maud White were married in 1946 but I'm trying to trace their parents.
WALKER please help trying to trace the FAMILY of Edward Charles Ernest WALKER b1916 Father unknown.Mother MINNIE WALKER Music teacher,Pianist and singer in pubs with a Hepzibah Smith in 1920s.Minnie then moved in with Bill Smith over his greengrocers shop & they lived as husband and wife for years.She returned to RUCKHOLT Rd. to die in her early 30s. Minnie's brother ERNEST WILLIAM WALKER Born 9/10/1882 Long Melford Suffolk who became booking clerk on railways and married MARTHA BOYDEN of Lavenham Suffolk.Parents were WILLIAM & SARAH ANNE or MARY ANNE WALKER. Believe There was an AUNT NELLIE to Ernest By one of the above. Not sure if Sarah Anne or Mary Anne was Ernest and Minnie Walker's mother.There is also a possibility that MINNIE conceived my Father (E.C.E. Walker) at Stratford Jansen Rd.? or Jansen Rd.Stratford? They are all very connected with Leytonstone/West Ham and Suffolk.Ernest and Martha were 2nd cousins and both born in Suffolk PLEASE HELP just want to find my roots as both my parents were illegitimate and have no proper roots and would love too find some before I pass on and leave my family with a bit of our history. Thankyou for reading this. Here's hoping somebody out there can help!