Then - Community

Then - Community 


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Almshouses

The Pawnbrokers Almshouses of Forest Gate - 150 years ago the Pawnbrokers Benelovent Society built almshouses on Woodgrange Road for some of their retired members who had fallen on hard times. Read about them here (July 2013)


Pawnbrokers' Almshouses

Alms and the Manor There have been at least three sets of Alms houses in Forest Gate. In addition to the Pawnbrokers (above), there are still small groups of houses in Odessa Road and Upton Lane (February 1914)

Forest Gate Retreat, Odessa Road

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings from Forest Gate - reproduction of a 1911 Forest Gate Christmas greetings card (December 2013)


Greetings from Forest Gate


Class

 Upstairs, Downstairs in Forest Gate - a look at the 1881 census for Claremont Road, when there were almost as many servants as houses on the street.  An examination of the occupations of the householders on the recently constructed road and an indication of what live "under stairs" meant for the totally female servant and nursemaid class . (July 2013)



Maid of All Works - most Victorian
Woodgrange estate houses had one



Local politics


Charles Ward, Forest Gate Designer
Ward was a local resident and anti-Labour Councillor (Municipal Alliance), for many years, and also a distinguished designer and printer, who traded from two locations on Woodgrange Road. This article looks at his life, politics and design work.(Nov 2014)


Charles Ward, 1926

Forest Gate Ward in 1907
In 1907 Howarth and Wilson published a book: West Ham - a study in industrial problems. The book provides profiles of all the local authority wards within the borough.  This, the first of three blogs, reproduces what they had to say about Forest Gate Ward.(Nov 2014)


Forest Gate Ward, 1907

Park Ward in 1907
In 1907 Howarth and Wilson published a book: West Ham - a study in industrial problems. The book provides profiles of all the local authority wards within the borough.  This, the second of three blogs, reproduces what they had to say about Park Ward.(Dec 2014)


Park Ward, 1907

Upton Ward in 1907
In 1907 Howarth and Wilson published a book: West Ham - a study in industrial problems. The book provides profiles of all the local authority wards within the borough.  This, the third of three blogs, reproduces what they had to say about Upton Ward. (Dec 2014)


Upton Ward, 1907

Tony Banks, in his own words
Tony was Forest Gate's MP from 1983 - 2005, and briefly a minister in the Blair government. He was a colourful character, best known for his wit and barbed tongue. This celebrates some of his sharper words. Tony, died of a massive heart attack, soon after leaving the Commons, in 2006, having recently been ennobled as Baron Banks of Stratford. (Dec 2014)


Tony Banks, crossing his fingers
 as he swears oath of allegiance
 to the queen


Local streets


The street where you live (1) - Woodford Road - Local historian, Peter Williams, uses a variety of historic and newspaper accounts to tell the story of this key Forest Gate thoroughfare (5 September 2015)

Cows, after grazing on Wanstead Flats
 in the 1980's wander down Woodford Road


The street where you live (2) - Ebor Cottages and Irish Row - Local historian, Peter Williams, uses a variety of historic and newspaper accounts to tell the story of this now lost Forest Gate quarter (2 October 2015)

The site of former Ebor
 Cottages on Balmoral Road


The street where you live (3) - Chestnut Avenue - Local historian, Peter Williams, uses a variety of historic and newspaper accounts to tell the story of this key Forest Gate thoroughfare (23 October 2015)

Chestnut Road in 1910

Wanstead Flats


Archaeology and Oral History of Wanstead Flats
A summary of some careful archaeology by the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society and interviews recorded by Eastside Community Heritage Project  paint a fascinating picture of life on Wanstead Flats during World War 11. (Sept 2014)


Barrage Balloon, of the type flying
 over Wanstead Flats during WW11


Following on from popular blogs on Wanstead Flats during World War 11, this blog draws on an oral history, published by the Corporation of London - Echoes of Epping Forest - Oral History of the 20th Century Forest. (Feb 2015) 


Prefabs, built on Wanstead Flats
 at the end of WW11, and
 remained until 1960

                
                         






 




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