This index is an alphabetical listing of the titles off all articles published on this blog, relating to Then - Community - with the date of its publication. For ease of access, the titles listed below are the full names of the original article, minus any "The" or "A" as the first word in the title.
The articles in the list are hyper-linked. Clicking on them should take you directly to the article. Each article has a number of "labels". These are listed, and high-lighted in green, at the foot of each article in the blog. By clicking on one of these, you will be directed to all other articles in this blog which has that name/subject as a label, and so be able to access further information on the subject. This index is updated manually, usually every three months, or so. It was last updated on 27 March 2017. Articles appearing since that date can be accessed by scrolling down from the home page, or via the "Archives" column on the left of the home page. A Alms and the manor - 28 Feb 2014 A survey of three sets of almshouses in Forest Gate - past and present. Archaeology and oral history of Wanstead Flats in WW2 - 11 Sept 2014 There are a considerable number of relics in and around Wanstead Flats reminding us of the role the Flats played in WW2. These are illustrated and the post is supplemented with some recollections by older residents of the Flats during and immediately post war. B Becoming rapidly forgotten - 3 Aug 2014 A survey of the war memorials in Forest Gate and the sorry state of neglect of some of them. C Centenary of anti-German riots in Forest Gate - 11 May 2015 The sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915 sparked anti-German riots, nation-wide. This article looks at the disturbances in Forest Gate. Christmas Day in the Forest Gate Workhouse - 24 Dec 2013 The Forest gate weekly News published an account of Christmas Day in the Industrial School, Forest Lane in 1896. It is reproduced here. Clapton FC ground under threat - 29 May 2013 A brief history of Upton Lane's Clapton FC, and the threat currently facing its ground, as a result of mismanagement and threats of redevelopment. Cycling in Victorian Forest Gate - 26 March 2014 Cycling for p-leasure was a boom time past time in late Victorian England. This post looks at its influence in Forest Gate. D Durning Hall story - 23 Feb 2015 Durning Hall on the junction of Earlham Grove and Woodgrange Road has a long history as a settlement and philanthropic organisation in Forest Gate and beyond. This is a potted history. E Edwardian Forest Gate - a photographic essay (1) - street life - 10 September 2016
The Edwardian era was a boom one for the post card industry. A large number survive of individual streets in Forest Gate. We present a number of them, here. The views are a considerable contrast with the same streets today!
History of cinema in Forest Gate. F Fascists in 1930's Forest Gate - 16 April 2014 Forest Gate was home to a thriving branch of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930's. Events and people associated with it are detailed here.
Forest Gate during the blitz - 31 July 2015 An attempt, using different sources to produce as complete as possible guide to bomb damage in the area during the first three years of WW2.
Forest Gate's first Polish community - 5 February 2017 Forest Gate's first Polish community were refugees fleeing persecution from Nazis and communists, at the end of WW2. This post examines ther roots they established in the area.
The first Forrest Gate pub guide - with a unique Stellarometer, indicating drink prices at local hostelries. History of now-closed pubs, too. Forest Gate: hub of Victorian bike manufacture - 11 March 2014 Forest Gate was a centre of bike building at the end of the nineteenth century. This article traces over a dozen local bike builders.
Forest Gate Industrial School story- 23 May 2014 A history of the plot of land on Forest lane from the mid 1850s, when it was opened as a Poor Law Industrial school, through its subsequent life as a hospital and now a housing development (Gladys Dimson House).
A brief biography of each of the 12 MP's who have represented what is now recognisably Forest Gate.
Forest Gate Ward in 1907 - 28 Nov 2014 Social researchers, Howarth and Wilson published "West Ham - a study in industrial problems" in 1907. In it they gave pen portraits for local government wards. This is their account of West Ham ward. From Chapel to ...? - 23 Sept 2015 One of Forest gate's most historic buildings is currently in a sorry state of repair at the junction of Woodgrange Road and Forest Gate lane: it has been a chapel, school, club, cinema, glass merchants, restaurant, drugs den - and much more. This is its story. G
O Origins of formal education in Forest Gate - 18 January 2016 An article examining the pre-state education roots of schools (religiously backed) in Forest Gate, and their subsequent fates. P Park Ward in 1907 - 5 Dec 2014 Social researchers, Howarth and Wilson published "West Ham - a study in industrial problems" in 1907. In it they gave pen portraits for local government wards. This is their account of Park ward. Pawnbrokers of Forest Gate - 10 Jul 2013 From Pawnbrokers almshouses on Woodgrange Road in the mid nineteenth century to the siting of a modern pawnbrokers on its site 150 years later.
Q R Rise and decline of Forest Gate's Jewish community - 20 Nov 2013 Forest Gate hosted a thriving Jewish community from the time of the pogroms in Russia in the 1880's, until the building of the Central Line into Essex, after World war 2. This is an account of its history. S Save the Old Spotted Dog petition - 23 Aug 2013 Join the campaign to help save this historic, listed, but closed public house, on Upton Lane.
Sound of Music from Earlham Grove - 19 Jun 2013 Development of the world famous Tonic Sol-Fa system of music education, from its origins in Earlham Grove under John Curwen. Spotted Dog; still under threat - 15 May 2013 A history of Upton Lane's 16th century pub, The Old Spotted Dog, and the threat to its continued existence, since closure.
Tons of history - 7 Aug 2013 History of Upton Lane's Clapton FC. Tragic end to local World War 1 romance (part 1) - 19 Jul 2014 The first of two episodes looking at local author, Paul Holloway's book which traced the story of his grandmother, May Larby's romance with Jack Richardson, until his death in France, while on combat, in 1915. Tragic end to local World War 1 romance (part 2) - 26 Jul 2014 The second of two episodes looking at local author, Paul Holloway's book which traced the story of his grandmother, May Larby's romance with Jack Richardson, until his death in France, while on combat, in 1915. Trams in Forest Gate, 1886 - 1940 - 23 Jan 2015 A look at the history of trams in Forest Gate - the rolling stock, routes, termini and owners, from the running of the first tram to the final halt. Trebor story: Forest Gate's sweet success - 30 April 2014 Trebor's factory on Katherine Road - now loft apartments - was for a century one of Forest Gate's largest employer, producing some of the nation's favoured sweets. This is its story. Turning Pages of history - 27 May 2015 It stated with a postcard. This article looks behind the history of a postcard featuring Page's shoe and boot makers of Dames Road. U Upstairs, downstairs in Forest Gate: 1881 - 16 Jul 2013 Who lived in Claremont Road at the time of the 1881 census. Abouty hald of houses had live-in servants.
Upton introduction - 21 July 2016 The early history of Upton - for long the most important, and quite wealthy part of Forest Gate. Or, So-Ro (south of Romford Road), as it is sometimes jokingly referred. Upton Ward in 1907 - 28 Dec 2014 Social researchers, Howarth and Wilson published "West Ham - a study in industrial problems" in 1907. In it they gave pen portraits for local government wards. This is their account of Upton ward. V
W Wanstead Flats saved from post WW2 development plans - 11 Jul 2014 The boroughs of East and West Ham had their eyes on Wanstead Flats as a series of potential building sites, which could rehouse many East End families bombed out during World War 2. Many local people had other ideas and the building did not take place. What's in a name? local street names - 10 Dec 2013 A brief look at the origins of the many perplexing street names in Forest Gate.
An account of the origins and development of the Woodgrange Estate conservation area, from its origins in the 1870's, as a project of the Corbett family. Woodgrange Road in 1900 - East side - 1 May 2015 Using old photos and newspaper advertisements, an illustration of how the east of Woodgrange Road would have looked at the turn of the 20th century. Woodgrange Road in 1900 - West side - 24 April 2015 Using old photos and newspaper advertisements, an illustration of how the east of Woodgrange Road would have looked at the turn of the 20th century. X Y Z Numbers 50th anniversary of Rolling Stones "insulting behaviour" in Forest Gate - 16 Mar 2015 Members of the Rolling Stones were convicted at West Ham magistrates court of "insulting behaviour" for urinating on the forecourt of a petrol station on Romford Road. This is the well illustrated story.
7Es of E7 - 19 Oct 2014 A round up of Education, Ecology, Energy, Entertainment, Epicurian delights, Engine and End in Forest Gate.