Upton Lane School,West Ham

This is a picture taken during 1920's-1930'sAs you can see  the boys have their aprons on carrying out some sort of technical  drawing.My Dad Ronald Edwin Gedge attended this school up until 1940, about age of 11 and this image is from the family collection. 

Upton Lane School,West Ham

Newtown Point

This is a photo of one of the Tower Blocks, Stratford and Newtown Points being blown up in Stratford in 1981, built in 1964 condemned in 1978, the tower block once housed 80 families until they were moved out when structural faults were found.   Photo By Poppy Show

 Newtown Point

West Ham Abbey, Channelsea River 2

Channelsea river, Stratford E15.   This is a photo of the Channelsea River taken on the 24 May 2012, the trees and bushes of this small river are like an oasis in Stratfords concrete jungle, this veiw was taken looking south from Stratford Station , the rivers journey in the 1130s AD took it across Stratford High St and down to WEST HAM  ABBEY also known as St MARY's ABBEY, Stratford Langthorne. The river turned the mills for the Abbey, the river then carried on and rejoined the river Lea and went down to the Thames.

Upton Park Salvation Army Sunday School circa 1919

A photo of Upton Park Salvation Army Sunday Scholl taken around 1919

Upton Park Salvation Army Sunday School circa 1919

West Ham Abbey, Channelsea River 1

 Channelsea River, Stratford E15. This is a photo of the Channelsea River taken May 2012,The river is hidden behind buildings on Stratford High St, this was a tidal river that once powered a mill called " Wiggen Mill " for the  monks at West Ham Abbey  1130s AD,  The river is now a small trickle, but is  Giving life to some trees and foliage and still managing to  survive the mass building programme of Stratford in 2012.          uploaded by Poppy Show           

West Ham Abbey, Channelsea River 1

Speedway Racing at Hackney.


 
Altough classed as Hackney Speedway, Waterden road was actally E.15. The sport of Speedway racing (originally called Dirt Track Racing, when it arrived in England from Australia in 1928) came to Hackney in 1935. It opened in April of that year at the Hackney Wick Stadium, by Fred Whitehead, who was the Managing Director of Hackney Wick Stadium Limited.
The stadium address was Wick Lane E.9
 
The track was 340 yards long, had 18" depth of clinker, with a cinder surface.
The track was built inside the Greyhound racing track, another very popular sport in this part of east London, with greyhound racing also held at Walthamstow and West Ham.
 
The previous year the team had raced at Walthamstow and had the nickname `The Wolves`.

Church Street,E15

This photo was taken in the 1950's It is of my Aunts sweet shop in Church st ,West Ham, E15. If you look in the reflection of the window you can see the graveyard of West Ham church.  Uploaded by poppy show 

Church Street,E15

Edwin Dowsing Gedge-West /ham Borough Council C1912-1914

This is a photo of West Ham Borough Council taken around 1910-1914. It shows my Great Grand Father Edwin Dowsing Gedge at an office group shot. He is recorded as being employed as an Inspector of Public Nusance.The image was supplied to me by my Great Aunt Miss Margaret Gedge and her brother Mr Alan Gedge.Edwin is located middle row 3rd from the right.

Edwin Dowsing Gedge-West /ham Borough Council C1912-1914

Double Wedding 1937

The "Double Wedding" of sisters, Daisy and May Shilling to Allan Brrom and William Payne took place at The Salvation Army Hall in Wakefield Street East Ham in February 1937. At the time of the wedding the sisters lived in Spencer Road East Ham and William Payne lived in Strone Road Manor Park. Unfortunately the address of Allan Broom is unknown.
At the time of the wedding which was conducted by a Salvation Army Officer, Captain Kaare Westergaard, both brides and their grooms were active members of The Salvation Army in East Ham hence they all wore Salvation Army uniform for the ceremony.
After the wedding Daisy and Allan lived in Broroks Avenue East Ham until they moved to Thundersley upon Allan's retirement from the Ford Motor Co in Dagenham, whilst May and Will lived in Strone Road Manor Park for the remainder of their lives.
In 1987 both couples had the distinction of sharing a Golden Double Wedding Celebration.  The Salvation Army in East Ham organised a celebratory meal followed by a Salvation Army Brass band concert in the evening which was a surprise event particularly for Will and May although Daisy and Allan did need to be "let in" on the secret arrangements. The following week a smaller family celebration was held at a restaurant in Benfleet.
Both couples have now sadly passed away. Allan died in the late 1980s/early 1990s and Daisy was the most recent of the quartet to pass away in August 2008 have just celebrated her 96th birthday.
May and Will lived in the same maisonette at 270A Strone Road until they passed away. May passed away quite suddenly in May 1993 . William passed awat in July 2004 at the age of 92 and had spent his entire life living in Strone Road firstly at 262 and then after his marriage at 270A.
 
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Double Wedding 1937
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