East London Advertiser
Now merged with Tower Hamlets News but always a strong paper with plenty of newsworthy stories printed
Nice to read your memories of the East End, I was born in 1943, same as you, but my mums family were bombed out in Haverfield Road, at the back of the Aberdeen Pub, and were evacuated to Wellington, Somerset, where I was born, after the war we returned to the East End. I went to Olga Street and Morpeth Street Schools. My Dad was a pub pianist around Bethnal Green and Bow, so I learned all the old cockney songs and later became half of a cockney duo called ’Little and Loud’. I am now retired living in Thailand. I researched my family tree and as my surname suggests I have French roots from the Huguenots who settled in Spitalfields/Bethnal Green about 1700. You can view my tree on ’Genes Reunited’ maybe we have some family in commen. Cheers Mate!
went to seabright school from 1965 to 1972
Then on to Daneford School Gosset Street Would welcome the papers from this period please
Tower hamlets should be recognised better add the paper
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I was born in Bethnal Green on 7th. October, 1943 in the front bedroom of 11 Royston Street. I was supposed to be born in the country, but circumstances came to pass that did not allow this to happen. As a result, I was born a cockney, and despite all efforts to educate and change me, I remain one. Being from Bethnal Green and being a cockney may not seem like much to those born elsewhere. However, ask an Irishman why he is proud of where he is born or someone from Brooklyn or The Bronx the same question. They will most likely get a faraway look in their eye and drift off to some magic place in their imagination and utter something or other that you are not likely to understand or, if you did, would not agree with. It is the same with the East End of London. Those born there are proud of this accomplishment despite having nothing to do with it. And I for one am doubly proud to come from Bethnal Green.
William d commented
I know she left China in 1920 ish, I am now working to find out exactly what order she did things in. I know that she was living in Putney in 1944 and still had connections with the Chinese in London at that time. I think she was involved with various bits of missionary work, she seems to have a connection to a mission house in Gower St as well. I am guessing, but I think that she was probably in Limehouse in the mid 1920s or early 30s and may have moved over to Gower St later on, perhaps during the war. I know she used to preach in a little Tin Church in London possibly in Limehouse, she preached in Chinese! She was quite a person. I guess your great grandfather was another! I wonder what inspired him to set up the mission? Was it at the time when the Chinese were being somewhat persecuted in London and other areas?When was your gt Grandfather at the mission? I wonder if they could have met!
Colin Jones commented
I am looking at the history of a William Thomas, ropemaker, who left his business to sons William, John and George, having previously put the boat “George up for sale. His business was in Narrow Street, Limehouse. He died in 1803, describing in his will the machinery and tools for making ropes. Possibly from Wales or of Welsh descent, wife Mary. Judging by what was left in his will he seemed to be doing well, but it would appear that the sons went bankrupt in 1825 – and that they owned the ship “Friendship” which was supposed to be in bad condition with rot in the Gunwhales and elsewhere.
Family possibly originally from Fishguard.
By the way, I loved the Fu Manchu novels, even named my cat Fu Manchu
On a river boat trip from Westminster to Greenwich, the commentator told us that Limehouse go it’s name from the lime for rebuilding, supplied by the Dutch following the fire of London. New building was to be of bricks & mortar so there was a big demand for lime.
I myself was born in limehouse and I would love to get hold of a picture of Kilner Street from around 1953 to 1963. Sadly so far I have not found one. I would appreciate any suggestions
Neil Crowe commented
In my genealogical research I have discovered several generations of the Burford family who ran a distillery at Limehouse Hole in the 1950s. The earliest, John, is described as a fruiterer and owned a warehouse in Margett’s Rope Yard. I’d love to uncover more about their history….
M Wood commented
I found my 5th great grandfather Hugh Griffin born 1594 in Limehouse and married at St, Dunstan’s church in Limehouse shortly before they left for America
I moved to Plaistow from Leytonstone with my parents and sister. I went to Napier Road School for a short time then as we lived on the other side of Plaistow I was sent to Portway School which had just been built. From there I went to Holbrook Road Secondary School until leaving in 1957. I lived in Milton Road which was off of Stratford Road and near Pelly Road.
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Ben nicklin commented
Go live with more years from the paper
Would like to find out more about York Hall Bethnal Green please
I’d like to see more years added
This area dealt with many great issues
Please add more years
Add more dates please an integral part of the community
Can anyone remember the Bonner Arms in Bonner Street 1950-60s, my grandmother owned it ?