Great newspaper covering the East London area. Robert Balthrop's column provided a fascinating weekly look at the history of the area in particular.
Steve Wapping commented
oes 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.
My nan and grandad lived at 381 Beckton Road, unfortunately, as you say, all gone.
It was opposite Beckton Park. I went to Burges Manor School too, from 1960 to 1965.
I lived in Windsor Terrace Beckton and went to the primary school down on the way to the Docks, I also went to Burgess Manor School and was probably there at the same time as you. I remember Miss Kelly the shorthand typing teacher - who could forget her.
I was born in Beckton in the house I spent the first 17 years of my life in. It was a small community between the Royal Albert Docks and the Beckton Gas works. My mum was born there, we went to Winsor school, different building but same sight. Great childhood in the days when we knew all our neighbours and could play safely in the street. Tin tan tommy, skipping, French cricket. Later went to Burgess Manor school East Ham. Sadly in the 70's the knocked down our estate and removed all the historic street name. Livingstone, Cameron, Stanley Street. Many of the original residents moved to new Estate but some left the area. Docks no longer contain ships. Now has airport. Would love to be able to walk down my old street again. Our family name was CLIVE, my mums was Black. Her cousins lived in the area.
Please post more of this era
I lived in Harcourt Road, there was seven children. I went to Napier Road Junior School, I also went to Fyfield in Ongar, Essex and then to Holbrook Road Secondary. At 15 I joined the Merchant Navy.
I lived at number 38 , West Ham approx from 1949 to 1956/7 don't know if they still there, I remember the joys and the cannings , I went to Gainsborough infants then Pretoria road school, my friend lived near the memorial fields we both moved to Dagenham after that
I was born in Queen Mary's Hospital in 1936. My parents lived in Glenavon Road. My sister was 3 years older than me and attended primary school in Water Lane in 1938/9/40. I can remember going shopping in Boardman's with my mother and playing out in the road with lots of other children. I was arrested one day and taken to Stratford Police Station for pedalling my car up the Romford Road towards the Broadway. (i was supposed to stay in Glenavon Road but must have felt like exploring). I was three at the time and can remember sitting on a stool drinking a cup of tea when Mum fetched me. After the war started I can recall a German being shot down and coming down on a parachute. Dad said he landed over towards Goodmayes and was taken to the police station at Chadwell Heath.. When the blitz started in 1940 we had to go in our Anderson shelter every night. I wore a siren suit made by Mum. At the beginning of December a high explosive bomb fell on a house 6 or 7 doors up the road and a lot of the ceilings in our house fell down. My parents managed to get a council house in Chadwell Heath which was much quieter! I am still in touch with a lady who is 15 years older than me and lived further up the same road. Her family was also relocated to Chadwell Heath when the same bomb damaged their house.
One of my cousins (now deceased) remembered a home somewhere near to the junction of Glenavon and Romford roads. She thought it had a large sign saying "Leytonstone Home for Waifs and Strays", but her memory was sometimes doubtful! On http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/list/MH5.shtml there was a home on the corner of Glenavon Road named The Association of Friendless Girls' Refuge and as her memories would have been from around 1936 perhaps it was renamed later
I was born at home in Lester Avenue in 1947. 9 of us lived in that 3 bedroomed house, and it never seemed overcrowded. There were 2 Grandparents, an Aunt, Uncle and Cousin, my Mum and Dad, my Sister and Me. I can remember going to Gainsborough Road School opposite the park and on Saturdays going to Rathbone Street Market. We either walked, down the alleyway near Carpenters Stores, then passed by the Co-op or caught a 669 trolleybus, from opposite the cemetery, and Albert the Barber.
When we disembarked on the Barking Road, the stop after Trinity Church, by Woolworths, we turned left into Rathbone Street. On the right-hand side of the road was an area that was flattened by a bomb, during the War and on it were several Stalls, selling everything from stockings to vegetables to records. Further down on the other side of the road was a Bartons the Bakers. Then on the same side was Mrs Olley`s Pie and Mash shop. Next, on the other side was a Wet Fish Stall (I can still see the live eels with their heads being chopped off). A bit further along was our Butcher which was nearly at the other end of Rathbone Street.
I can also remember the Post Office and the Seamans` Mission on the Barking Road.
All the neighbours kept their front gardens in good order and were friendly. No parked cars in front gardens or rubbish where flower beds used to be or curtains that haven`t been washed since God knows when, like I have seen in the last couple of years.
Phil d commented
I lived in West Ham Buildings near West Ham Station until the age of 15 in 1963. Great community and all the neighbours helped each other. I remember the Queen's Coronation and the street party. A lot of the women used to go on Beanos and throw pennies to the children as they left on the coach. I remember particularly Aggie Coker, Dark Alice (as she was known then), Blonde Ivy and my Mum Louise, most of them from Hollins Avenue. Winnie Woods, the Pigram family, the Bristows, Joyce Richardson, the Nairnes, the Cossingtons, the Thomas's, the Flemings, the Howetts, Geraldine Lee who was a school friend, June Martin, Florrie Robinson, the Cook family. Also Mary Butcher. The local shops, Bootys, Fred's café, and Andy's. We used to play over the Cemetery which was known as the Cimmo. Sunday football, Gainsborough Infant and Junior School. Especially Miss Cook the best teacher ever. The ring in the centre of Belmont Road where the old man used to prop his suitcase and sell sweets to the kids. The ragman shouting 'Old Rags for China'. Playing Knock Down Ginger, Tim Tam Tommy and Runouts. Making barrows with milk bottle tops to decorate. Many many happy memories of West Ham Buidings.
I went to both Napier road primary school Stratford and Holbrook secondary modern school Holbrook road left there on the Friday in 1963 at the age of 15 and started work on the Monday at Boardman Department Store Stratford in the fashion department liked working there very much five and a half day week used to close on Thursday afternoon and we got all day Thursday once a month. I lived in Stepshens Road Stratford east London with my mum dad and sister until she sadly passed away in 67 we moved to Dagenham essex in 72 . I got married in 74 and moved to Trowbridge Wiltshire with my husband happy years have 2 wonderful children a daughter and a son 3 lovely grandchildren 2 boys and girl
I lived right opposite the Theatre Royal in the 60s and remember going to see the panto Aladin with Salway Road school it was wonderful. I just loved wandering around Boardmans store in Angel Lane and going into the little bungalow furnished with all mod cons. The hat department upstairs and walking around the balcony and looking over and watching the customers below. They had such beautiful clothes etc. we had to go there to order our labels to sew into our school uniform and At Christmas there was a Santas Grotto in the basement. I loved Stratford at Christmas when all the stalls were lit up and Woolworths was full of shoppers. Happy memories
Does anyone remember a Church of England home for unmarried mothers? There appears to be no mention of one in history pages, and no record of the poor girls who left their babies there
I am looking for my family on my dad's side. I remember my grandparents, John and Elizabeth Thompson, they lived at 10, Forest Lane, Stratford, London. I have many happy memories of staying with my grandparents, and of them taking me once to a pantomime. I can't remember where it was, I must have been about 5 at the time. I remember my uncles and my aunt Connie - she had a daughter, Linda. I have lots of lovely memories of things we did. I have a cousin Pat Brooks (nee Thompson), her dad was their son Sidney, and my dad was his brother Charlie. I would really like to find my family, the last time I had contact with them was in 1962. If Pat sees this or any other member of my family I would like to hear from you. Thank you.
I was born in Jersey Road in 1960. Just around the corner, my nan used to own a grocery shop in Devonshire Road called Smiths. I had loads of good times there as a young boy. There was also a chip shop very near but I can't remember the name of it. I was sometimes treated to a bottle of coke at the Nottingham Arms - my nan's favourite pub. She had a very good friend called Vera Cooper, a lovely, very funny blind lady. I also remember being taken to West Ham speedway and swimming in the lido. My nan was moved from Devonshire Road in the seventies and lived in a block of flats called Hume Point. Does anybody remember those great days
Elliot Taylor commented
I was born at 162 malmesbury road Canning Town in a house that backed on to the goods yard and shunting yards associated with Stratford railway works..this location provided a battle ground fought over by the Loco drivers maintaining a head of steam and my mother drying nappies ,no pampers in those days.
Relations by the name of Mc Williams lived in Percy Road 12 children,and we all frequented Rathbone street shops and stalls.acess was across the busy BarkingRoad but was always assisted by a policeman with outstretched arms with white cuffs who held up the traffic.
One stall sold glasses of Sassperella cold in summer and hot in winter and at the bottom of the street was a council depot with two magnificent steam rollers .
I went to Star lane school and remember Peggy leggy steps a foot bridge over the railway lines where again it was a case of seeing who could move the fastest before you got a blast of steam up your legs.
Polution became very bad with the glassworks , gasworks,and other industries that we moved to a new estate in Kent.
I was born in 1937 in Morris Road, Poplar which was a continuation of Chrisp Street. The stalls lining the road on Market day were always exciting and busy. I too remember Mrs.Clouting's horseradish stall. so pungent! We lived in the coffee shop on the corner of Rifle Street as did my parents and grandparents from late 1800s, but it had to close due to the Blitz. I too missed seeing (and hearing. when foggy) the ships on the River. And the foreign crews in the market when their ships were being unloaded.
I was born at home and went to Hay Currie and Alton St junior schools and then Raines Foundation in Arbour Square, Stepney.
It's looks so different in Poplar now that i have to admit that I preferred it as it was when I was young, bombed sites debris and all.
Tony Doyle commented
I was born in Wellington Road in 1942, four houses down from the Town Hall Annexe, in the house my grandparents had moved to at the turn of the century. The house is now demolished. My father ran a small agency providing yeast and bakery provisions to bakers in East London. Customers also used to call at the house for two ounces of yeast to make bread at home. I went to Napier Road Infant School, Lathom Junior and Burges Manor when it was only a year old - complete with tall clock tower. Trolley buses used to queue outside our house at the end of their route to the Town Hall and before starting their return journey. I remember watching their conductors disconnecting the poles from the overhead wires and waiting for the resulting cascade of sparks. I watched the dismantling of the tall chimney behind the Town Hall by two men sitting on the top and knocking the bricks out with hammers and dropping them to the ground below. Health and Safety would not allow that these days! I went to Saturday morning pictures and visited Father Christmas at the Co-op. I played in Central Park, Barking Road Rec and the grounds of Barking Abbey. I also remember standing on the footbridge over the railway to be in the steam from the trains. My father died when I was four and my mother carried on the business for another 7 years, then she remarried and we moved to Ilford,, but I'll always have very fond memories of East Ham
Just been reading your story regarding Latham High School in East Ham in the 1970's. Can't think why, but it has just come into my head at this stage of my life approaching 53 years old. Sitting discussing with my wife what an experimental school for the era/age. what has not been mentioned in the comments is the experimental nature of this school for its time.
Can anyone please confirm or expand on my curiosity of why there is no information of such a radical experiment in education that Lathem High School lead in the 1970's.
When it detached itself from the national curriculum and focused on young people's interest's and loves and had the license to do it????
I was born in Forest Gate Hospital and i lived at 131 Burgess Road, only a few doors from yourself , I also remember the toast that East ham Swimming Baths but unlike yourself I remember the Bovril not the Horlicks !!!!
I also went to Altmore infant school and can still remember the head mistresses car a yellow 13gt Austin (racey at the time)
I have tried to to research lathom schools history in this era from 1970 - 1980 when Mr Jones was the head master and i am hoping that someone will pick up on this and expand on the philosophy and how this schools curricula was designed , delivered and dissolved
Am hoping for any response