Electric Light came to Forest Gate in 1898.
These gates were erected in 1937 as part of the West Ham flood relief scheme at Bow. There are other articles about this on this website.
Photograph by R. E. Batten of First Ave Manor Park in 1949
Albert Road looking N.W. at the junction with Glenister Street, with children on a path crossing the waste ground. The large building far left on the corner of Pier Road, is the 'Royal Standard' public house.
Photograph: Alan Godfrey Collection
Another view across Albert Road and Royal Victoria Park, this photo shows the power station across the river at Woolwich.
This Photo looking across the Albert Road and The Royal Victoria Park, shows the jetty and tall funnels of old steam ferries by the foot tunnel entrance to Woolwich.
This view looks eastwards along the Romford Road and was taken during one of the "Big Freezes" that happened towards the end of the 19th century. On the right, just behind the horse and cart, is the sign for the Live & Let Live public house. Note the gas street lamps.
This is a photo of my Great Grandfather, Edwin Dowsing Gedge. 1869-1914. He was employed as an Inspector Of Public Nuisances, at West Ham Borough Council. Here he is standing in his Masonic Dress. As a Mason, after his death, his two sons Edwin Henry, and Charles Ronald, (my Grandad) were sent the the Royal Masonic School at Bushey, Hertfordshire, and their mother Alice Mary was found employment through the Masons.
Photo: From the private family collection of Andy Gedge
Demolition of the old Bow Bridge - gateway to London. The Romans were thought to have crossed the Lea at Old Ford. This fording place was dangerous but remained in use until the 12th Century when Maud, queen of Henry I, built Bow and Channelsea Bridges, linked by a causeway (about a mile down river from the ford). This bridge was one of the earliest medieval stone bridges in England - its name being taken from its arched construction.
An early view when Water Lane really was a leafy lane. Note the gas street lamps. These lamps would provide pools of a warm yellowish light amidst the surrounding gloom. This view looks northwards towards Maryland Point.
Abbey Mills Pumping Station is a wonder of Victorian engineering. It is capable of lifting thousands of gallons of raw sewage every minute for the last section of the journey to Beckon Sewage Treatment works.