Then - Trade

Then - Trade


Bike manufacture


Forest Gate - Hub of Victorian Bike Manufacturing There were 17, separate bike manufacturing establishments in Forest Gate in the latter years of the nineteenth century.  Why? Find out about the establishments, and likely explanations for their presence and impacts, here. (March 2014)

17 local bike builders in 1890s Forest Gate





Bike Building in Forest Gate The Forest Gate Times published a detailed article about the workings of one of Forest Gate's main bike builders, in the 1890s.  Find out more, here, from a detailed description. (March 2014)

Clark Brothers, subject of article
on local bike manufacturing


Fire Brigade

Fire! Fire! Fire in Forest Gate - Local historian, Peter Williams tells the story of the fire brigade presence in Forest Gate (5 June 2015)

Forest Gate Fire station c 1910


Industrial school


Forest Gate Industrial School An "industrial school" was established on Forest Lane in the mid nineteenth century as a training establishment for East End workhouse children.  It later became an outpost of the workhouse, a general, then maternity, hospital, before finally becoming residential accommodation.  See here for details (May 2014)

Forest Gate Industrial School, Forest Lane





Forest Gate Industrial School Fire A fire at the Industrial school killed 26 residents in 1890, was extensively covered in the local and national press and lead to changes in fire regulations.  Read the story, largely from the Stratford Express of the day, here. (May 2014)

Part of the press coverage
of the Industrial School fire

Print and design

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


Sweet making


Trebor - Sweet Making in Forest Gate One of Britain's most popular and famous range of confectionary (Extra Strong mints etc) started off life in Forest Gate.  Find out the Trebor of Katherine Road story, here. (April 2014)

Trebor factory on Katherine Road







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