Local people

Bill Turfrey

My uncle Bill Turfrey who had a passion for cars. He is pictured here outside his home in Marlborough road East ham. Bill once made the front page of the Stratford express when a lorry shed it's load and crushed his car with him in it, they had to cut him out. He came out of it with no more than a few bruises.

Posted by Eddie

Bill Turfrey

Floods of 1953


The Burfords, calico and Stratford

On the 8th March 1883, Ephraim Burford died at his home at no.5 Crownfield Place, Stratford, a few days short of his 74th birthday.  His was the last in a line of three generations of that name to be involved in the calico-printing and dyeing industry in east London.   Much of the land and property which made up Burford’s Printing and Dye Works had already been sold in 1866 with the remainder auctioned off in 1880.  Part of this area is still remembered today as Burford Road, where until relatively recently stood The Burford Arms public house.

Newham Notables

Many notable people lived in Newham, here is an ouline of twenty of them.


East Ham, Plashet Park and Upton Park were quite different places in the 1880s. These memories are taken from a tape recorded by Mr Patterson in 1972, when he was aged 91.

War Experiences

My War Experiences - by Pamela Hewett

In 1939, when the war started, we children lived in a four storey house at number 1 Claire Rd., Forest Gate. Apart from my mother and father there were my brothers George who was 13 yrs old, John was ll yrs, and Sid was 9. I was 7, my sisters were Dolly aged 3, Eileen aged 1, and my youngest brother was born in May 1939.  My father would not let us be evacuated at the outbreak of war, and we still went to school at the beginning, but when the bombing started I went to lessons in a house. My dad was an air raid warden and after the bombing became more frequent and intense we used to go down to the cellar, we did not mind as we had a wind-up gramophone with piles of records to listen to. When our Anderson Shelter was built dad said we had to go down into it for safety. We had bunk beds and a Paraffin Stove to boil the kettle on for tea. I was never frightened. I used to collect shrapnel (exploded bomb and mine fragments); it was hot when you picked it up. After our house was hit we had to be dug out of the shelter.

We moved to Oakhurst Rd for a short time then on to Fowler Rd. The Germans were trying to bomb the railway line and we lived just opposite. When the opposite side of the road got bombed to the ground, they laid all the bodies along the pavement, it was a very sad and frightening sight.

At this time the German Air Force was sending bomber aircraft over regularly, and they started using VI rocket propelled bombs which we called Doodlebugs because of the way they looked and sounded, after a time they invented the V2s which were an advanced model

Shelley Holford

These 'Reminiscences' written by Shelley Holford in 1945 vividly describe his memories of Stratford as it was at the end of the 19th century.


The Dolan children being evacuated in 1940 -  three among the 48,000 local people to be evacuted.


Madge Gill Framed 3

Colour inks on board. Floral abstract. H 24 inches X W 20 inches. Framed and glazed.                                                             


(1882 - 1961)

Madge Gill produced mediumistic drawings in black or coloured inks ranging from small postcard -size to large works on calico. Madge began in 1919 to produce works in various media, including: knitting, embroidery, rug-making, and drawing in inks - this last proving her richest vein. This output was achieved over a forty-year period, with her most prolific art-work being produced in the 1950s. Gill tended to date her works rather than to give them titles. Madge lived in Thorngrove Road, Plaistow from 1929 to 1940 then in Plashet Grove, East Ham until her death in January, 1961; thus she lived in Newham during her most productive period. A bequest of some 300 works was made by her son to East Ham County Borough Council after her death.

From Newham Heritage & Archives.

Madge Gill Framed 3
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