Foundation Stone of the new bridge, erected in 1933 and named after Thomas Groves, Mayor of West Ham at the time of opening.
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.
Northern outfall sewer is in the fore ground. There are three boys sitting on the wall in front of the gasometer on the wrong side of the fence and a man leaning against the wall looking at the photographer.
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Looking North before widening for construction of the Electric Tramway track in 1903. The surgery and adjoining have since been demolished.
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A medieval bridge (probably of the late 14th century), now much widened, which carries the High Street over the Channelsea River. View from the South, taken on 22nd August, 1927.
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This is where Abbey Mills Lane is crossed by the Northern Outfall Sewer.
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Aerial view of Groves Bridge. This was was one of several that carried the High Street over the River Lea and adjacent channels.