Great newspaper covering the East London area. Robert Balthrop's column provided a fascinating weekly look at the history of the area in particular.
Preserve our archives contribute more to our area please
Covers area so important to uk history
Please do add this paper very important local ties to the area
Love the Newham recorder
Very important newspaper and should be added
Roy Wales commented
A great newspaper for history in east London
Does anyone out there have a photograph of Ashburton Secondary on Freemasons Road, not the newer extension the original old Victorian building. I was there in the early 70’s and I would love a photo of it. I loved that school.
if anyone was at that school during the early 70’s it would be good to catch up
Published many important stories concerning the east end please post this paper
Look into the paper more
We need the 1970s editions for research
Neil Carter commented
BNA stop overlooking this paper very important to the area
Shocking this still hasn’t been added
East London’s best paper for content add it pleaee
John l commented
The Newham archives holds the Recorder in its entirety but it’s hard work searching dates as it’s not indexed this would be great to have online
Our history is at stake the east London area was covered best by this paper
Our heritage please upload
Please add 1975-1990
East London still not being scrutinised what a crying shame
I can remember my infant years at Napier Road school. I remember when I was in the first year there, we would have a small slice of toasted bread in the afternoons. Then I went to Holbrook School when I was 11. One teacher I always remember was a Mr Osmotherly, he was always a very nice kind teacher. I remember as a young child going to Angel Lane with my nan and buying grated horseradish. We would also buy shrimps for our tea. When we lived in Eve Road, the shrimp and winkleman would come round with his trolley on a Sunday, we would buy half a pint of shrimps for our tea, that was our treat for the week. On a nice day at the weekends we would go for a walk along the sewer top, we went up some iron steps near West Ham Station and then we would walk along the top for a few miles and then come back home. My friends and I would go to the cinema in West Ham Lane on a Sunday afternoon, it cost us ninepence each to get in and we would watch the film through twice before going home. When I left school at 15 I worked at a machinist place opposite West Ham Church, I made shirts. No matter what the weather, in the evenings, after work my friends and I would walk around West Ham, East Ham and Stratford. Not earning much money, that was our entertainment; in the winter we would be freezing cold, but we did it to be with our friends. Theres a lot of other things I can remember, so one day I shall write some more. When I was 18 we left West Ham and moved to Sussex.
I grew up in West Ham from my birth until 1960, living at Stephens Road, Stratford. I remember going shopping with Mum to Stratford High Road, we would go to the market for all Mum's shopping. We would buy fish from Angel Lane and sometimes from a stall outside Woolworths, the shopping was done most days as we did not have a fridge, only what was a cool cupboard. While out shopping we would also go to the Lyons Tea Rooms, for a cup of tea with cake, a big treat for me.
I went to Napier Road school from the age of five, then on to Deanery Road School for girls, which was at The Grove, Stratford. I also remember going to Victoria Park at the holidays from school, we used to walk down Carpenters Road, the smell of Carpenters Road was not very pleasant, as there were many factories down that road, but the walk was worth it as the park was a joy. We would visit the small animals, paddle in the free pool, having such fun out for the whole day. Then there were days at Wanstead Park, and not to forget West Ham Park, games of cricket and football with Dad, and seven brothers. I remember the signs telling you to keep off the grass, but most children would run on the grass as fast as their little legs would carry them before the park keeper could spot us and blow his whistle, it makes me smile even now, full of fun. It was a long walk to the parks as we did not have the money for the buses, children walked everywhere in those days and we didn't mind.
I also remember the street parties, all the niegbours would put tables and benches, usually borrowed from Napier Road School, down the centre of the road, bunting would be flying in the wind, so many children, lots of jelly and home-made buns, we children loved it. I can also remember the big Shire Horses with all their shining brasswear, from the Watneys Brewery coming down the street, the sound of their hoofs on the tar block road,also of the large wheels on their carts. Do you remember the old rag and bone men coming round? All the children would ask their mums for old cloths just so they could get a free goldfish, we had one that lived for three years, a long time I think for a fish in a bowl. We also used to have races at the weekend, the boys from the neighbourhood would choose the best runners, the race would be run round the block, my brother won on many occasions. He went into the Army to do his National Service and became a P.T.I.
On Saturdays we would go to morning pictures at the Centrey Cinema, which was in West Ham Lane, then after pie and mash for lunch at Cook's, I think it was called, which had sawdust on the floor, that always seem strange to me, I never understood why they did that till many years later. Sunday mornings I liked because Tich the fishmonger would come round the streets with his barrow selling seafood, shrimps, winkles, crab, whelks, all sold by the pint, which Mum would buy as we would have that for tea on Sundays. I used to love preparing the winkles as you used to have to use a pin to take the black spot out of the shell, then pull the winkle out and put into a little bowl of vinegar, my sister Susan and I used to stick the black spot on our faces so we had a beauty spot, silly I know but it was fun. There are so many happy memories of my life in West Ham.
I have a few photos of the Coronation street party in Pond Road, great times. Then when I was married and had up till then 2 daughters we went to another street party in Pond Road for the 1977 Jubilee. My mum and dad were still living there so they paid for my daughters to join in the fun which was great. I wonder if anybody has any pics of that time, it would be great to see.