In 1901 my great grandfather (joseph jaggers) lived at 171 St.Leonards street, he wasa Mast and block maker and may have worked at Bow Creek nearby. by coincidence my othe great grandfather had a pork butchers shop in the Bow road.
Anyone know what was at 83 Coventry Cross in 1944? Something to do with an ordnance works maybe?
We lived in the little row of terraced houses opposite Twelvetrees at no 66 my Mum and Dad my brother Ken sister Eileen and me Carole, my Mum was born in the house in 1906 and remained there till they were pulled down in 1968
I remember you Valerie and also Betty Weinglass who at one time sat next to me in Mariner school. I also remember your mum who worked at the school. My name is Eric Chilvers and I lived at no.62. My dad worked at Lustys. I also remember Harry Tyne and his shop. My friend was Tony Clark who lived near you on Coventry Cross.
I went out with Kenny Edinburgh in 1960.i
My great, great grandfather and his family, lived at 7 Jefferson Street from around 1886 till 1912 when he died.
I worked at Fraser and Fraser / Brown and Tawse boiler makers during the 1950s as an apprentice plater,. My plater was called Bob White I think from Southend. I lived in Rainham Essex at the time.
WHO ARE YOU ?
did you live in the flats in empson street and did you have 3 sister and 4 brothers . i live in stanbrought house. got chips there all the time when i was 15 years old we move a way in the 60s i missed living there back in bromley
I worked at Fraser and Fraser / Brown and Tawse boiler makers during the 1950s as an apprentice plater,. My plater was called Bob White I think from Southend. I lived in Rainham Essex at the time.
I lived in the rest center with my mother and brother, men were not allowed to stay so my dad had to get lodgings near by. I wen to Marner Street school then we were re housed to Harold Hill, Romford Essex. I'm not sure of any dates as parents are no longer living along with any other relatives. Can anyone help with any dates. My parents name were Joan + Norman Palmer
The bakers shop was called bartons
lost touch with Colin Downer his father owned an electrical shop in knapp Road, not far fro the school earlier in the 60s.
Also associated with larger group in area,
I've come across your post quite by accident when researching information about Spey Street - Doreen, her sister Margaret and brother Bill all lived in Spey Street, as did Doreen's best friend Pat - they remained friends until Pat's death this year (2017). Doreen is my mother...
....I remember that well. The sand hills in Devons Rd next St.Andrews. Yallops and Lustys famous for their basket weave chairs. And perfectly round island of terraced houses thro' the railway arch at the end of Purdy Street.
AND USED TO LIVE IN STANBOUGHT HOUSE IN THE SIXTY THAT WAS ON EMPSON SIDE I WAS A TEENAGER TOO DID YOU LIKE YOU I WAS NOT AFRAID TO WALK HOME LATE THEN DID YOU NO THE PAINE
My nan lived on the top floor of twelvetrees house the end near the railway
I lived in Spey street for the first 20 years of my life till I got married in 1963 (no. 15). My mum moved to Radford house when the old houses were demolished and later to teviot street where she died in 1990.
Wonderful memories of those times an d people.
I have lived in north essex for the past 50 years.
Was born in number 7 Coventry cross 1943 also went to marner street school
Raverley st was off devons rd oppersite talwin st
The man with the funny eye was Sam he came from poplar
My great nan is now 99 and lived in Jefferson street bow, her parents and siblings were all killed by the doodlebug. She still tells me the stories about it. Does anyone have any photos or so the remember her family , Florence Lucas and after marriage Florence Priestley
My great nan is now 99 and lived in Jefferson street bow, her parents and siblings were all killed by the doodlebug. She still tells me the stories about it. Does anyone have any photos or does anyone remember her or her family , Florence Lucas and after marriage Florence Priestley
My mother in law Alma Molden lived in Jefferson Street and went to these two schools too! She was born in 1927. Do you recognise her name?
you were in my sister's class Brenda Bushen at Marner Street
yes I remember that man, my mum used to buy her veg from him. I went to Marner Street School from 1952 - 1959.
Very wicked but us kids used to call him Wonk Eye. Wicked isn't it, but kids are like that. I now live in Wanstead.
I am Maureen, Benda's sister. I am just going to email this to her I am sure she will be in touch
I lived in Coventry Cross in the 1970's, we lived next to a Pakistani family with whom I was good friends with, remember playing on the grass near the canal which was at the back of our house. There was an explosion in one of the factories which blew all the windows out. Went to Marner School have really good memories, remember when the canal flooded and all us children playing in the water. Anyone rember these times.
I lived in the Alton House flats opposite the Old Palace School around 1933 I was seven then. Went to Marner street until nine years of age-then to Old Palace school. Had a dear and best friend named Edna Green. Then came WW11 and we were both evacuated to a little village in Oxfordshire called Wiggington! Have always thought about my friend and hope someone MIGHT know her where abouts. Enjoy reading others texts too.
My maternal grandparents lived at Coventry cross and moved to dagenham in 1935 as my uncle had a heart condition and they were advised to move to the country!!! They're names were Beat (Beatrice) and Bill Crane
I lived at number 181 first block Pardoe family Ron Ted Tom and me george Went to mariner st in the 1950s we were given half of school because we were Catholics and kept separate from the c o e pupils but most of my friends were C o e we got on well I am still in contact with some c cross friends
I lived at 111 Coventry Cross Bromley By Bow and went to Marner Street School, in the fifties, that was the old east end really good memories, anyone out there who lived at Coventry Cross in those days ???
Anne, I knew the family of Humphreys, I think they lived next door to my nan in Spey Street. I remember walking to the top of the street one day and there was a side gate to the house on the corner. I was horrified to see crabs walking about!!!! I remember a girl called Hazel Pereira and the twinny browns who lived a bit further down. There was a family who lived opposite called the Whites, I think there may have been about 11 kids!!! Often wondered what happened to them. Such wonderful times.
Hi I lived in twelve trees house from 1953 and was born in st Andrews hospital,I lived at no1 with my parents, grandparents (Evans)and brother and sister.
We all went to Marner primary and I'm trying to contact a teacher called Sanders or Saunders who taught there in the 1960's .She did marry and moved to Aden,but I wondered if anyone knew of her?
Hi I was born in st Andrews hospital and lived at No 1 Twelve trees house with my parents,grandparents and brother and sister from 1953.
Hi so glad someone remembers Spey Street. Do you remember John Humphreys we were in the same class at Marner Street School. Do you also the man named Sid who lived in the corner house at the top of the street. He had a barrow and on Sunday went round the streets selling shrimps, winkles etc. I had my wedding reception in the Cherry Tree pub long long time ago. Some of the teachers at Marner Street were Mr.Thompson, Mr Fowler, Mr Chapman and Mr Young was the Head Master. Do any if these ring a bell.
Hi good to know someone remembers Spey Street. Did you know Joan Humphreys we were in the same class at Marner a Street school. I also remember Sid who lived at the top of the street who sold seafood from a barrow going round the streets. I had my wedding reception in the Cherry Tree Pub.
Hi This is a long shot! I was born at home on 31 Dec 1961 @ 41 Eleanor Street Bromley By Bow, I know the address is now a derelict ex jean factory and dry cleaners. I was wondering does anyone have any pictures of the houses in Eleanor Street (Particularly 41) This was my Nan's house her name was Ethel Humphreys/Patten I know one of the neighbouring families was Sprackling. I have never ever seen the house (as it was) that I was born in. contact me
I had to do country dancing with stanly as he was tall I was jean rayner
I was at school with Brenda Bushen I thought she lived in Bow Rd very good at art my name is Jean Rayner my mum also at the school working would love to hear from some one as I have some old pictures I think his name was Tony banks and others and the head mistress Miss Harvey jharvey05@hotmail,com
I also went to Marner st school happy days do you remember down devons rd a man who sold fruit and veg with a funny eye poor man
June.... the name Posthumus is ringing bells with me even though I was a little kid when I lived at Coventry Cross. I seem to remember someone called Annie Posthumus...... I think we lived at 112 Coventry Cross (though the number could be wrong) I lived with my mum Rose Double and nan and grandad. I was born at St Andrews in 1960 and we lived at Coventry Cross until we moved to Limehouse in about 1968.
Anne, my Aunt May Williamson lived at No.66 Spey Street and I remember the Kibbles. My nan was Bella Cross and she lived there as well. Another aunt was Winnie Purkiss at No. 56 Spey and she had 4 kids then moved to Heather House in Ettrick Street. Happy hours were spent on the bomb site opposite the Fire Station and the Emu!
I was born in St. Andrews Hospital in 1949 and first of all lived in Teviot Street, so I was very interested in reading your message. Many members of my family lived in Spey Street and many areas of Poplar were my "home" when I was a child. Growing up there was completely different to how it is now. I get a shock every time I venture into the area. One of my cousins lives in Canada (he used to work in Classic Radio at the top of St. leonards Road, right opposite the church - incidentally where I was christened) and I took some photos of the area as it is now. He couldn't believe it. But there, that's progress, so they say. The Council considered Spey Street, Venue Street, Teviot Street and all the area leading up to the Blackwall Tunnel "slums" but I could never understand why the Council didn't spend money on refurbishing the houses, putting in bathrooms etc. They were wonderful houses and really big. My nan lived downstairs and my Aunt May lived upstairs at No.66. Another a
Not sure if I have the right Doreen Finlay but did she have a sister named Peggy. My sister-in-law lived in Spey Street almost opposite a family called Finlay. Her name was Joan Kibble and she had a twin sister called Jean. My brother was Albert Dodd. He was friends with Peter Joseph.Joan was about six years older than me but I do remember some of the families that lived there. I remember the fire station, the library and also the Emu Wine Co where my Mum worked. Hope some of this is of interest.
Hi Valerie I lived at No.72 Coventry Cross which was the middle block over looking the river. I also remember your Mum. I remember you, Iris and Betty who I also worked with for a time in the City. My elder Brother Bert went to George Greens School with Betty's Brother Stanley. Do your remember Dolly who ran the Sunday School in the Clinic at the front. You mention Harry's sweet shop do you remember Maude and Ted's where you could buy a Tizer drink. Also am I right that your Mum worked in the Cleaners. I loved my time living there. We eventually moved to the flats opposite Marner Street School. I did marry a lighterman and moved to Rainham. Remember so much could go on forever. By the way my name is Anne Lapworth (called Felicity at school by the teachers).
hi my name is Len worked at the factory at 15 years old as the deferred period prior to my apprenticeship in 1956
I lived in Three Mill Lane I was evacuated from Marmer st school in 1939 to Somerset when the war started I was there for 3 years
hi i lived at 182 coventry cross,the carter family,billy terry me mick and sisters eileen and kathleen
Hello my family lived in Twelve Trees House from 1926 untill 1969 ,many happy memories
my first school was Fairfield school , not very long, 1941 and then orther schools, I am r/c/ that is why, I lived there from 1937 until 1960,the best time of my live I wish could go back that time.
i lived at 182 coventry cross name of michael carter,went to marner street school,was there in 1943
i lived at 182 coventry cross from 1943
hi my names valerie abbott i lived in 132 coventry cross frm 1945 1963 my nan katie holland lived at 131 my freind was betty weinglass also my friend was iris adams do anyone remember harry tyne sweet shop films2u @hotmail.com
Would like to contact any persons who were resident in Twelvetrees House [1926 on] prior to it's demolition.
I cannot believe what I am reading on this site about B-B-B---I honestly can't. I lived in Twelvetrees House [now demolished] from 1926/7 untl I was called to the colours in 1943. I went to Marner Street school infants and juniors, then on to Old Palace. Lusty's/Llyod Loom was the start of my industrial life. Never did we ever expirience the dread that Im reading of now. Shame.
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I'm now going to test your memory and take you back a very long time ago !
Do you remember that old School on the corner of Bromley High St, and Devons Road, facing "The Rose & Crown" Pub, bye the Horse's watering Trough ???,
If you do,
then I,m going to test you even more !
Do you remember when that old vacant school was used as a government Public Dinner Centre, to provide very cheap meals for the Locals ?
Do you remember Bacon's Electrical shop next to the school,
Do you remember the Bakers shop on the corner of Bruce Road in Devons Road,
Do you remember going to the best place in the world !
The Regal Cinema in Bow Road, where I remember seeing the very first film in Cinamascope -------it was called " Quo Vadis "
I used to go to Marner Street School, and looking back, they were the happiest days of my life, the sad thing, is that I never knew that at the time !!!!
Best wishe's , Tom Old
hi id`e like to try and help im barry payne, born in st andrews in 1970 . you say you went to devons rd school!!? could this be, st agnes.. old palace,, clara grant?? maybe opp butlers fish shop,shadys sweet shop? would love to help as " im trying to find lots of info myself,, i have some interesting info of this area as my family lived in this area for many years.. i wish you all the best ,
i lived at 181 coventry cross 1943 1964 pardoe
family great times then
i lived at 16a franklin street from 1944-1952 my name was iris robinson i went to boltoph road school and then to robert montefiore in whitechapel any one remembers me . my friends were rita cook ,pat becker ,doris bush barbara victory,connie hanchard and maureen coote does this ring any bells for any one please post back x
My father was born at Lingen Street Bromley by Bow and I found Booth maps from the time with the street on it. They were maps that charted poverty and employment in the area.
I lived at 58 Bromley High Street, from 1945 to 1954. My friends were Carol Cook, Jean Hornsby.
Ilived in Coventry Cross and went to Marner St., school 1944-1950and remember friends Pat Beck & Doreen Findlay. Anybody else remember???
i used to live at 10 jefferson street when the street was prefabs. lived there from 1954 until 1963. kids who lived in the street, Kathleen and Carol Bowen, Kathleen Edinburgh, Alan Curtis, Jeffrey and Crissy Newman, Jimmy and Jeanie Cooper. anyone know these people now?
maureen reid July 2012
My name is Lawrence Dale and I went to Marner st. in late 40's and early 50's. I lived in Bruce Rd. which is still standing. Anyone remember me? email at
I was looking too - my parents lived there about 70 years ago: Dennis and Pat Cooke.
Hi june, I have been doing some reserch on coventry cross I was hopeing to see some old photos but to no avail. Can you help?
Hope to see you soon
Im just doing some ancestry research and relatives lived at Jefferson street but i can seem to find it !! Has it been knocked down for the A12? or something similar?
I lived at 119 coventry cross an also went to Marner st school my name was june posthumus
I used to live at 119 Coventry Cross 1954 to when they were modenised in the mid 70,s my name was June Posthumus.
i used to go to Marner Street Primary School. i went friends with Joyce Barnes and Janet Veres from Broxbourne House. I lived in Jefferson Street. my names was Maureen Bushen. Have a sister Brenda. She went friends with Brenda Munday.
i went to Marner Primary School and lived in Jefferson Street and used to go mates with joyce Barnes and Janet Veres. my name is Maureen Bushen.
1956-1965 I lived at 36 Bromley high street, next 2 John Dors, my name was Sandra McDermott.
Looking for information/photographs of above pub now long gone. Was once run by a distant cousin. Can be contacted at
do any body know of the swain family who moved from Wicklow Street King cross to tower hamerlets in the 60's
I am looking for a Brian Dempsey who used to work on the Evening News at Kensal Green harrow road in the fifties and used to own a BMW notor bike Tall lad and his farther used to run the working mans club in Bromley any body who knows the man ask him if he remenbers the blond chap wko worked on the star ant the green
HI meech, Valerie et al,
I typed a long explanation of how I got this info but this server somehow mangled it!
Anyway Cottage Place was between Crown Place/Terrace and Church Row and my guess is that it was between Bromley High Street and Three Mills La. on St. Leonard Street (to the east).
The southern part of this was Bromley House which looks like a small manor on 1861 map, though it had some buildings on St. Leonard St.
Best guess is on the corner of the old church plot of St. Leonard Street and Dyers Row (later Priory St.)
Bad news is the church got bombed in WW2 and the approach road did the rest - `pave para-dise aaaaaaaaand put up a paaarking lot!` - nothing left but the churchyard gate.
Hope this helps - Tony
just read this & have spoken to kenny collingbourne the other day, to inform him of my dads death, MY dad was ROY ELLIOTT & worked with kenny & maybe yourself!!
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Iuse to live at 119 Coventry Cross, i went to marners st school, i had twin brothers micheal and derek, and a younger sister angela i was born in 1954
I used to live at 119 Coventry Cross My name was June Posthumus, I went to Marner St and then on to St Pauls Way My Sister was called Angels, I had Twin brother Micheal and Derek
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ON THE MAHONEY FAMILY WHO LIVED AT 5 ATHOL ST BROMLEY FROM THE LATE 1800'S TO ABOUT EARLY 1950'S I KNOW THAT WALTER AND ADA MAHONEY WERE MY GRANDPARENTS
hi i live in brombley-by-bow i went to marner primary schooli really miss marner schooli had some bad memeroys but overall iu had my best frends over there like reshma begum sabbha and nargis and more i really miss those days
l used to live in broxbourne house, devas street, went to marner school.and cant believe what l have been reading about the place, it was never that bad, and when l was a teenager coming home late at night was never afraid.
Dont suppose any older residents have any pictures of this street, I think it was hit by a Doodlebug in WW2 and was certainly torn down in redevelopment.
by the way there are few names i remember that lived in that block flats 1 the Calders (ground floor) 2 the Mersh's (top floor) 3 the Wickards (middle floor)
I used to live at 43 coventry cross bromley by bow e3 back in 1952-1958 recently visited there and to my amazement the flats are gone when did they pull them down although they have made the river that was behind the flats very touristy does anybody remember any residence of the flats
Hoping to form a club which will meet minutes from the South Woodford underground station, 12 mins from Mile End on the Central line or 15 minutes up the the A12 from the Bow flyover. We'll be reading books at least 50 years old - after all sometimes it's interesting to read a book a bit different from what's on the bestsellers list.
The idea is to meet on the 1st Sunday morning of every month at 11 for chat about the book and life the universe and everything over a coffee/ drink/ brunch/ whatever. I have a regular venue in mind (near tube, roomy, cheapish, hopefully not noisy.)
For more information e-mail me
I have just put an offer on a flat in Arden House. What is the area like and will it be safe to walk home at night? The flat is lovely and big and airly although it is very near the slip road from the Blackwall tunnel
I am trying to find Raverley Street and came apon your letter , my mums family lived at 62 Bruce Road their name was Warne