Thank you for your reply to my original post.
I believe the snooker hall to which you are referring was on the corner of Chant Street (not Chapel Street). I understand it was originally a cinema. To quote the Newham Story web site which has a picture of the place when it was a snooker hall,
The Playhouse Theatre. The Picture Palace on the corner Stratford Broadway and Chant Street opened in 1910, it was renamed several times: it was the Empire in 1911 and Imperial Playhouse Cinema in 1918, becoming the Plaza in the 1930s.’.
Also, the Blue Boar public house was on the other side of High Street, Stratford on the corner of Station Street. The Black Bull public house was in High Street close to the corner with Chant Street.
Anyway, I’ve solved the mystery. I went to the Stratford Reference Library a couple of weeks ago and looked at the 1938 Trade Directory for Stratford. As far as the junction of High Street and Chapel Street is concerned, it had the following entries.
High Street, Stratford
389-391 (that’s the London side): Times Furnishing
here is Chapel Street
393-397 (that’s The Broadway side) S&S Manufacturing Co., Wholesale Dressmakers
393 Barkers Wireless Ltd.
395-397 Bluestone Harris, Costumier
It looks as if 393-397 was a large building, hence the multiple street number, where more than one business was carried out.
I understand that both 389-391 and 393-397 were damaged due to enemy bombing in WW2 and were subsequently demolished.
I have been told that 389-391, Times Furnishing, was quite an impressive building. Sadly, there does not seem to be a photograph in existence of it.
It’s been great chatting with you again.
All the best,