Tate & Lyle 1967

1967 Photo of Tate & Lyle, showing the building and chimney. The large brick chimney is no longer there, but there are two tall and thin metal chimney's, with outer spiral stairs and navigation lights on top for the airport. Tate & Lyle was bought by American Sugar Refining Inc in 2010. Also shown Silvertown Station. 

Tate & Lyle 1967

Silvertown Explosion Casualties

Impromtu Surgery on the Barking Road deals with casualties of the Silvertown Explosion at the Brunner Mond factory January 19th 1917.

Silvertown Explosion Casualties

F J Eid WW2 Medals

Frederick Joseph Eid, of 37 Albert Road, Silvertown, was born on 17th July 1906 and died 16th June 1979. Mr Eid served in the Guards as a regular soldier between the wars, transferring to the Royal Tank Regiment and later to the Royal Army Service Corps (In this photograph he is wearing the RTR shoulder flash and tank badge). His medals are: 1939-45 Star; Africa Star (a clasp is missing from this, which was probably awarded for service in the 8th Army); Italy Star; the Defence Medal and War Medal.

The Eid family came to Britain from Prussia. According to the 1891 census Jacob Eid was a baker and he and his wife, Louisa, lived at 36 Andrew Street, Silvertown. The 1901 census lists the family at 40 Constance Street, as a grocer and baker. By 1949 this was Eid Bros., bakers. The family continued trading into the 1960s from a shop in Cranbrook Road, West Silvertown.

Part of Newham Heritage & Archives collection


F J Eid WW2 Medals

Albert Road Sewer Works 1901

Photo shows, E. Loughin's Grocery shop at No78 (it was shown as run by Timothy Murphey in the 1902-03 Kellys directory) J. Mc.Kirdy's fancy Drapery Shop at No79, it was still there in 1902-03 Kellys, and Silvertown Methodist Church. The road is being dug up for sewer works.

Photo Newham Heritage & Archives (Stratford)

Albert Road Sewer Works 1901


Patrick O'Keeffe served as a private in the 1st battalion Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment).


Fireman Betts Medals

Medals awarded to Mr J.J. Betts. He was one of the Firemen who attended the Silvertown Explosion on 19th January 1917 and miraculously survived.

West Ham Corporation Medal Presented for Bravery. Engraved to Fireman James J Betts on a shield, with a Fireman's helmet and an axe with the head to the left. 19th January 1917 engraved on the edge. This was the day of the Silvertown Explosion at the Brunner Mond factory. On the reverse of the medal is the West Ham Corporation coat of arms.

West Ham Corporation Medal Devotion To Duty Air-Raids 1915-18. Engraved to Fireman J J Betts on a shield, with a Fireman's helmet and an axe with the head to the right. On the reverse of the medal is the West Ham Corporation coat of arms.

The Kings Medal for Police and Fire Services (1940s)                   King George V Head. James Joseph Betts engraved on the edge. On the reverse of the medal is is a figure with a large sword and a shield with the words 'To Guard My People' 

L.C.C., M.F.B. Edward VII Coronation Medal 1902.                           King Edward VII head. James J Betts engraved on the edge.  On the reverse of the medal are the words 'Coronation of His Majesty King Edward VII' 1902, and the king's crown above a cluster of leaves. 

(see file attachment for reverse of medals) 

Fireman Betts Medals

Victoria & Albert Docks

  Ships from all over the world used to berth at the Docks to unload their cargoes - grain, meat and tobacco among them. Here is a glimpse of that era.

"A Walk Through the Victoria and Albert Docks"

Extract from London-over-the-Border Church Fund Grand Historical Bazaar Handbook 1914

By J. G. BROODBANK - Chairman of the Dock and Warehouse Committee of the Port of London Authority.

"During the last ten years there has been a marked revival in this country of the Imperial spirit. The seed was sown in the English nation when the adventurers of the Elizabethan period stepped out into the world to see what was to be seen and to take what could be taken. Fortunately the moderns are not guided by the buccaneering impulses of the 16th century, and without making invidious comparisons we may fairly claim to say that the ideals of the true British imperialist of to-day show a considerable advance on those of his ancestors. Those ideals are varying, but underlying them is a real desire for co-operation in the best interests of everybody in the British Empire.

How can this co-operation best be achieved? Undoubtedly it is greatly assisted by the exchange of neighbourly and pleasant sentiments and acts; but to my mind not the least practical method is that of the exchange of goods, in other words, by the relationships created by trade.

If this point is a good one, then the Victoria and Albert Docks can be reckoned as one of the chief elements in the promotion of the imperial ideal, for there is no place in the whole of the British Empire where so many goods are brought in from the Colonies and overseas possessions, and where so many goods are sent out to those parts of the Empire.

Women Workers -2

Working in a jam-making factory was hard work, read the account of one woman's experience, who also lost her job because of her suffragette activities.

Custom House & Docks 1936



Silvertown Fire Station Opening 1914


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