This photo of the first Borough Council, 1886-7 is taken from the book "Fifty Years a Borough: The Story of West Ham", published by the council in 1936.
It is a personally interesting photo because it contains the only known image of my great great great grandfather, Simon Vinicombe (third row up). The family were particularly proud of his achievement and a copy of this image hung on my great grandmother's wall, although his face was almost worn away because of the number of times he had been pointed out. Other images in this book include various views, illustrations, companies and persons connected with West Ham.
Posted by: Seyahll
By Robert Rogers
In 1889, the lives of the workers at Beckton as with other Gas works was very poor, a 12-hour day, 7days a week, with the associated dangers of the job, led to Industrial unrest and the Gas Light & Coke Company begun to lay off some of the Workforce. Will Thorne came from Birmingham, and had begun working at Beckton in 1882. He became a member of the SDF (Social Democratic Federation), a forerunner of the Labour Party.
Will Thorne, who lived in Plaistow, helped to establish the National Union of Gasworkers & General Labourers. He later became a Councillor, Alderman and Mayor of West Ham.
The Rt. Hon Stephen first entered Parliament through a by-election in 1994 as MP for Newham North East, being re-elected to the new constituency of East Ham in May, 1997
The Mayor, Alderman Mrs. Daisy Parsons (centre) at the opening of Lido in Canning Town Recreation Ground, Beckton Road on 29 August 1937. The Lido was alway known locally as Beckton Lido.