Then - History

Then - History

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 Cemeteries

They lie among us - in the first of two articles on the five local cemeteries this post features the remarkable City of London Cemetery and some of its more famous occupants, including a very local VC, Winston Churchill's nanny and some notable murder victims. (June 2013)


City of London Cemetery
They lie among us - part 2 in the second of two articles on local cemeteries, we examine the histories and most prominent residents of West Ham, Manor Park, Woodgrange Park and West Ham Jewish cemeteries (October 2013)


 
West Ham Jewish cemetery

Churches


From chapel to ...? - History of Forest Gate's first purpose built religious building, through almost 200 years of changing use, and now standing vacant (23 September 2015)

Forest Gate's earliest
religious building, now vacant

Durning Hall

A brief history of this significant local community resource, tracing its roots from the 19th century, emerging from a series of charities established to deal with East End poverty. (Feb 2015) 

Durning Hall today

Early history, with maps

Early Recorded History of Forest Gate A well-illustrated, with maps and sketches, account of the history of the northern part of Forest Gate can be found here. (June 2014)


Chapman and Andre map 1777


Local streets

Turning the Pages of history - Following the story of an early 20th century photograph, and telling the tale of Page, shoemaker of Dames Road (27 May 2015)
Page the shoe and
boot maker of Dames Road

Fascists

Fascists in 1930's Forest Gate The area hosted a small, but significant, fascist cell in the 1930s. Find out the names, places and activities of these people. (April 2014)


18 Woodford Road, HQ of
local British Union of Fascists

 Old Spotted Dog

    Spotted Dog still under threat - A brief look at the history of Newham's Spotted Dog pub, on Upton Lane, the borough's oldest secular building.  It is under threat, as a result of chronic neglect.  A local campaign group has been formed to preserve it.  By co-incidence the Old Spotted Dog ground, behind the pub, is also suffering from apparent neglect.  This is the home of Clapton FC, Forest Gate's local football club, with a history dating back to the 1880s. (May 2013)

 
Join the campaign to save
the Old Spotted Dog


Members of Parliament

A potted biography of the dozen MP's who have represented the Forest Gate area since the 1880s.(Feb 2015)

Maurice Arnold de Forest - an
 unlikely sort of chap to represent
 Forest Gate, would only seem
 to have part of his name
 in common with the area


Transport

Local rail crashes in the Spring of 1953 - There were two rail crashes in the Forest Gate area in the early months of 1953.  Here are the newspaper and committees of inquiry accounts of the events (7 April 2015)

Stratford Express account of one of the crashes

Trams in Forest Gate One for the tram spotters! A well-illustrated article celebrating the 50+ year history of trams passing through Forest Gate (1886 - 1940). (Jan 2015) 


Tram outside Princess Alice pub



Video clips

With the recent release of thousands of Pathe News clips on YouTube, links to eight featuring Forest Gate, including schools, train crashes, a local wedding and some WW1 funerals. (Aug 2014)

Pathe News visits Godwin school

Wanstead

In the first of an occasional series, this article provides a brief chronology of the now-demolished, by historically important Wanstead House, and the delightful Park it was located within, which still survives.(Jan 2015)



Wanstead House, in its heyday

Wanstead Flats 

Prisoners of War on Wanstead Flats The Flats played a significant role in World war 2, most noticeably as home to Italian and German prisoners of war. Find out where they lived, and what they did (July 2014)

 
PoWs on the way to Upron Park, for recreation


Woodgrange estate

The Woodgrange Estate - the early years - a look at the origins of this prominent local housing estate, built for the middle classes from the 1870's - 1890s.  The biographies of its founders and the significance of the development of the railways to its origins are examined. (June 2013)





Claremont Road 1913

Woodgrange Road

A wander down Woodgrange Road in 1900 - West Side - Using newspaper adverts, contemporary photographs and street directories, a description of the shops on west side of Woodgrange Road at the turn of the twentieth century (24 April 2015)


Forest Gate Public Hall, built 1902


Woodgrange Road in 1900 - East Side - Using newspaper adverts, contemporary photographs and street directories, a description of the shops on west side of Woodgrange Road at the turn of the twentieth century (1 May 2015)



Methodist church, pre-WW2 bombing


Workhouse


Christmas day in the Workhouse

World War 1

Centenary of anti-German riots in Forest Gate - Using newspaper accounts and photographs, description of riots in Forest Gate and Manor Park, following the sinking of the Lusitania (11 May 2015)

Anti-German rioters in East London, 1915


Tragic end of World War 1 Romance (1)
First of two-part WW1 story of Forest Gate's Jack Richardson's romance with May Larby, based on Forest Gate resident, Paul Holloway's book: There Are No Flowers Here.(July 2014)


Jack Richardson


Tragic end of World War 1 Romance (2)
Second of two-part WW1 story of Forest Gate's Jack Richardson's romance with May Larby, based on Forest Gate resident, Paul Holloway's book: There Are No Flowers Here; including Jack's military experience and tragic death in the trenches.(July 2014)



May Larby

Forest Gate war memorials
On centenary of outbreak of WW1, a look at the fate of 15 local war memorials and war graves in local cemeteries. (Aug 2014)


War memorial from former
 West Ham synagogue,
 now missing

Forest Gate's role in WW1 - The Hammers Battalion (1) - History of this iconic local fighting unit, focussing on Forest Gate inhabitants, during first half of WW1 (5 June 2015)
Lt Busby, killed in action,
after whom local scouts
troop named

Forest Gate's role in WW1 - The Hammers Battalion (2) - History of this iconic local fighting unit, focussing on Forest Gate inhabitants, during second half of WW1 (17 June 2015)

Local hero:
Alan Holthusen


World War 11

Forest Gate during the Blitz - Using a variety of public records and some photos and memoirs, an attempt to show all bombs falling in Forest Gate during the first half of WW2 (31 July 2015)




Eric Road, 1941, after one of the worst
 hits in Forest Gate in first half of WW11


V1 and V2 bombs in Forest Gate - 1944 - 45 - Using a variety of public records and some photos and memoirs, an attempt to show all doodlebugs falling in Forest Gate during the second half of WW2 (7 August 2015)


Doodlebug, of the kind that damaged
 much of Forest Gate during V1 and V2 raids

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