Welcome to London Canning Town

I will never forget your dads shop, as it was such a big part of my childhood, growing up in Canning Town

Mon Jun 15

My mum worked at Murkoffs in the 60s if your father is Ian Murkoff he taught me a great trick with the pole they used to pull the sun blind down outside the shop

Wed Apr 15

I remember roger lee he was a PE teacher and was my form master he used to throw the blackboard rubber at us and also lifted us by our sideburns

Wed Apr 15

Great memories

My nan lived in Fisher st and a Murkoffs was a Saturday treat after shopping at rathbone market (raffy) . I have never tasted icecream like it since.

Thu Mar 19

I lived in Hermit Road and Murkoff’s was iconic, iive never had anything that comes close to it , please bring it back

Sat Nov 16

Thu Aug 15

Murkoffs ice cream

I grew up in Leyton, but my Mother was from Canning Town, so I grew up knowing all about Murkoffs Ice Cream. My parents would often bring home tubs of Ice Cream and god knows how I never got too big, as I often finished off the tub when my parents were out. Now nearly 59 and have been lucky to travel most parts of the world I still haven't come across any ice cream that can compare to Murkoffs. I tell my daughters about this Ice Cream, but like so many young people they have unfortunately never had the pleasure of Murkoffs ice cream

Mon Aug 12

Wed May 29

Titchen Bros. Metal Merchants

My Grand-dad owned "Titchen Bros." Metal Merchants at 81, 82 and 83 Stevenson Street. His sons, Charlie, Frank and George worked with him. Grand-dad, Grand-ma and their eleven kids lived in East Ham. I remember visiting "the firm" when I was little and being allowed to play with the big brass scale.

Tue Jan 22

Heard he was a bully and extorted money from pubs in the area of Plaistow

Tue Jan 22

terencethomas86@yahoo.com

Yeah, but I heard he was a bully extorting money in pubs for instance, in Plaistow,. just telling them to hand over money from the till. He had sparred in America with Ali but was sacked for attacking someone....am getting the impression from locals there be was a nasty bit of work and a bit screwy ......

Tue Jan 22

Murcoffs icecream

If this ice cream could be re-made it would make a fortune, if you lived in Canning Town then you know!!

Thu Jan 10

Titchen Bros. Metal Merchants

My Grand-dad owned "Titchen Bros." Metal Merchants at 81, 82 and 83 Stevenson Street. His sons, Charlie, Frank and George worked with him. Grand-dad, Grand-ma and their eleven kids lived in East Ham. I remember visiting "the firm" when I was little and being allowed to play with the big brass scale.

Wed Jan 09

Titchen Bros. Metal Merchants

My Grand-dad owned "Titchen Bros." Metal Merchants at 81, 82 and 83 Stevenson Street. His sons, Charlie, Frank and George worked with him. Grand-dad, Grand-ma and their eleven kids lived in East Ham. I remember visiting "the firm" when I was little and being allowed to play with the big brass scale.

Tue Jan 08

John allen

Was John allen also called John will by any chance or am I thinking of another John Allen

Mon Oct 15

hi------my father lived in cundy road before the war later moved to Catherine street until bombed out----survived Hallsville ----evacuated

Wed Oct 03

Definately remember June baranowski I was in her class 4b My name is joy miss branch was our teacher.

Mon Aug 20

Hello yes u am 65 went to Pretoria for girls till I was 15 was in class 3B

Sun Jul 08

Hi I am Shaun and Patrick's sister. Unfortunately Patrick passed away of heart problems in 2002 and again passed of a heart attack aged in 2010

Tue Jun 19

hi my father lived in cundy road ----name of whiskin

Mon Jun 18

t.whiskin@ntlworld.com

hi my father lived in cundy road ----name of whiskin

Mon Jun 18

HI , I LIVED TWO DOORS ALONG FROM ALBERT , STILL HAVE A PHOTO OF HIM ,

Mon Jun 11

Joan.e.welsford @gmail. com

Wed May 30

He was the very best bill&a lovely man with it sadly many people labled him a bully but I can say he wasn't&family friend for so long rip bill

Tue May 22

I was in the same class as June. My name then was Ann Green. We Weren't best friends but i do remember her. . Our teacher was Miss Branch.

Sat Apr 28

East ham Fire Station

East Ham fire station hosted the Emergency Tender that covered most of east London. When we were out doing visits, training and other duties we used to have a vote on who was going to be buying the "Murkoffs" that day. We used to park outside and the 'victim' would have to go and buy 5 or 6 cornets depending on how many were crewing the machine. In my opinion the best ice cream in London. So sorry to see the shop had a unhappy ending. I'm now living in Australia. My very best wishes to all you Murkoffs and all who sail in her.

Sat Apr 28

East ham Fire Station

East Ham fire station hosted the Emergency Tender that covered most of east London. When we were out doing visits, training and other duties we used to have a vote on who was going to be buying the "Murkoffs" that day. We used to park outside and the 'victim' would have to go and buy 5 or 6 cornets depending on how many were crewing the machine. In my opinion the best ice cream in London. So sorry to see the shop had a unhappy ending. I'm now living in Australia. My very best wishes to all you Murkoffs and all who sail in her.

Fri Apr 27

seeking family photos

my father was orphaned in the Blitz and we are trying to find any information on his relatives. his father was William John Haylock and they lived in Crediton Road. He was killed on the 19 March 1941 in Rochester Avenue. We believe he worked as a lighterman on the Royal Dock. His wife was called Myrtle Edna and they married in 1939.

Thu Apr 05

Pretoria Road School- Now Eastlea

Hi Chris, I stumbled across the Pretoria School website almost by accident. In reading your post I feel sure that I can help you fill in quite a lot of the gaps. I started there in about May/June 1943 and my Sister a few years younger also went to the girls section. i can remember a lot of the building's layout and some of the original teachers. Tell me in what sequence you would like to answer your queries and I will do my best to help. My email address is

Fri Mar 30

Why is the recipe not still continuing! Murkoff ice cream!

Sun Feb 18

BARON ROAD

I was born in Baron Road at No. 63. I lived there for 24 years. It was much the same as all the other streets in the area. The street was our playground and we had many street parties on special occassions. I can still remember a lot of our neighbours

Sun Feb 11

mickmags1@hotmail.co.uk

Hi Rich

Thanks for your kind and thoughtful words, you also had a big impact on my life! as a young man I looked up to you and we had some great times at west ham grey hound stadium. we just seemed to laugh all day. what happened to Sunny Carter? Time has flown by, it would be great to chew the fat over a beer. my number is **** ****4

PS.. I think we have a mutual friend in Roy Lane! we have often spoke about you

Cheers!

Micky Grainger

Fri Jan 26

hi ken

sorry not to get back to you, but ive lost your telephone number. please contact me on ********4

we've got lots to catch up on, it would be great to see you and catch up over a beer!

Micky Grainger

Fri Jan 26

stafford1974@hotmail.com

My brother was no waste mate.

Tue Nov 21

millen.gary@yahoo.com

When I was a kid Murkoffs was my favourite shop I loved the ice cream never forgot the flavours I wished I had the recipe later in my life become an ice cream man with my ice cream van in Newcastle haha and told alot of my customer about Murkoffs the best ice cream shop in London

Fri Nov 03

I am trying to find out about a boxing arena in Trinity Street, just behind the old Woolworth stores. Trinity Street was behind Barking Rd, the Club was called the Marina Club. I know it finished in the late 1930s........a very long time ago, but some of the old timers may know of it, if any or still around.

Thu Oct 05

Happy Days!

We used to travel up to poplar on the bus and always stopped off on the way for a Murkoff's ice cream. It was the best ice-cream i have ever tasted. Never had anything like it since.

Mon Oct 02

Hi, I am trying to find information of a family member. A Valerie May Wade in or around the Colchester/London area for connections. This name is my Grandmother. My mother was born 20th April 1953 and named Avril Mae and was adopted with a change of name thereafter. Family tales suggested this lady was fairly young at the time possibly 16-19 years of age but i can not confirm. Adopted parents of Avril came from Barking and solicitors used was in Maryland. I'm just curious of my past and family history. Any help gratefully received should this post be of interest or knowledge to anyone ********6

Tue Sep 19

Hi Beverley I think I remember you from school was you in 3b Pretoria I was Joy jacobs back then I lived in canningtown. Then moved to silvertown I went to St. Luke's as well.

Tue Aug 15

So does a recipe for the ice cream still exist

Sun Jul 02

Hi

I just thought I would look up if murkoff

Ice cream was still being made . I worked

For your dad in the shop in canning on a Saturday

My dad was a docker in east London

And he would stand and talk to your grandfather

For hours . I can't remember if your grandfather

Also worked in the dock s . Sadly my dad passed away. Also sad your dad did not continue making the ice cream . On a Saturday people would line up for the ice cream, I use to serve them it was great . We all still talk about how lovely it was , I still worked there when your dad sold the shop it was never

The same . It got sold a couple of times and I still worked there but no one could make the ice cream like your dad . Hope you get this message as never used this site befor .

Tue Jun 20

Hi i will never forget the taste of the Murkoff ice cream it was and still is the best we have ever tasted. I was hoping we could still buy it from somewhere.All my family still talk about it, its a shame my children will never have this to talk about

Tue May 16

Pretoria rd school

Albert Goldsmith played for the football team does anyone remember him lived in Shepard street

Sat Apr 15

Pretoria rd school Canning Town 1956

Does anyone remember Albert Goldsmith played for the football team

Sat Apr 15

skivydene

Hi barbara

my name is ken smith

i was probably at pretoria around that time

im replying as i think you may have a brother who was in my class

I always felt sorry for him he was a good scholar but unfortunately a left hander and always made a mess of his work having to push his pen instead of dragging it. Our teacher was John Smith if I recall orrectly the person I.REMEMBER WAS TERRY!

Tue Apr 04

Baron Road

Can anyone tell me anything about Baron Rd? It used to be between Ordnance Rd and Clifton Rd before it was pulled down. I remember visiting my grandad there when I was young.

Fri Mar 31

Fri Mar 10

val_dezr@msn.com

Murkoff’s ice cream shop,best ice cream shop ever miss it so much

Sat Feb 04

Sat Feb 04

My maiden name Sibbons My Grandad was brought up in Canning Town believe they came from Maldon Rural Essex.

Fri Feb 03

hi mick,yes i remember you,my name is richard Hodnett and we were freinds for a while.i was into boxing at that time,but little did you know that your talent for making me laugh shaped my whole future because i wanted to be funny too,so i owe you a lot of thanks.i live in folkestone now, and all that i have, house,family,kids,grandchildren,goes back right to you.i hope that life has been good to you,its all gone so fast hasnt it.my very best regards to you and your family.

Sun Jan 15

Murkoffs is legendary i have tried all over the world to find anything like it but nothing comes close. if youve got the recipe you should open a shop you have got to be sitting on a goldmine

Sat Jan 07

Thu Dec 29

john.charles.848@gmail.com

Tue Nov 29

My name is Michael Bacon, 107 Star Lane, went to Star Lane

School 1941/45, I still have a good memory of these years, names of pupis, teachers, etc., my e-mail is:

Mon Nov 28

anna.dasey@live.co.uk

Can you send me the phone number and address to the Turkish baths in Canning town please.

Kind Regards

Anna

Sat Nov 26

Sat Nov 19

He must sell the recipe would make him a fortune

Thu Nov 17

looking for relatives

I lived in Liverpool Road until 1963 and my Nan lived in Gage Road and then in Comyns Close. I know I had an Uncle Alf who was born in 1910 and his wife was Elsie . I know that they had some children and I would love to get in touch with anyone related to them.

There name was Dorrington.

email

Tue Nov 08

The anchor

Wed Oct 26

I remember Murkoffs ice cream

This was a treat from my mum if we went to Rathbone market. Was the highlight of my day, must have been around 6 or 7 years old. So sad to hear what happened in the shop to your family! Best ice cream I've ever eaten and I'm 45 years old now.

All the best

Carla

Thu Oct 20

Pretoria Road School- Now Eastlea

Hi I'm The Current Vice Principal at Eastlea community school and I'm very interested in researching the history of Pretoria boys and girls secondary school, how the buildings were organised, reminisces about the school and what happened when Hilda road school was amalgamated to Pretoria (1963?) Does any one remember when it became Eastlea Community school?

Unfortunately we've lost a lot of history and need to get it back before it disappears for ever!

Fri Oct 07

Pretoria Road School- Now Eastlea

Hi I'm The Current Vice Principal at Eastlea community school and I'm very interested in researching the history of Pretoria boys and girls secondary school, how the buildings were organised, reminisces about the school and what happened when Hilda road school was amalgamated to Pretoria (1963?) Does any one remember when it became Eastlea Community school?

Unfortunately we've lost a lot of history and need to get it back before it disappears for ever!

Fri Oct 07

So the shop is still there but not your recipe?

Fri Oct 07

Dale Rd

My name is Bruce Stevens. Born and brought up in Plaistow. Went to New City Rd Primary School and SWHT ( 1953 ) The latter had several teachers that would qualify as sadists even then. Not a good time apart from the football team. It was a great side.

Mums name was Daisy Proud and parents had a retail/wholesale grocers in Dale Rd ( circa 1914 + ) . Now long gone.Brother Frank and two sisters Eva and May.

Father sold the business from under them and ran off. Mother, Daisy and May had to work in Keillers in Silvertown. Hard times.

Visited a few years ago. Sadly unrecognisable. It was once a typical East End community where people looked out for each other.

Any memories anyone ?

Wed Sep 07

St Lukes

Hi- did you go to st Lukes?

My name is Steve Bates I was born in 1967

And attended the school. I remember only

A few teachers...mr Cameron

Mrs Shepard was the dinner lady- my mum Rose was close

A dinner lady

Anyone remember ???

Thu Sep 01

Father Goose

I attended St Luke's primary school and sung in the church choir in the 1970s and father Goose was still there. I remember Mr and Mrs Balmer ( not sure on spelling) who were the head teachers.

Thu Sep 01

Father Goose

I attended St Luke's primary school and sung in the church choir in the 1970s and father Goose was still there. I remember Mr and Mrs Balmer ( not sure on spelling) who were the head teachers.

Thu Sep 01

Murkoffs ice cream

Best I have EVER had. It had a kind of dry grainy texture

And tasted delicious. I remember the serving hatch on the right

hand side of the shop window.

Please get that recipe and start making it again

Thu Sep 01

Is there any chance of making it again as we all miss it

Sun Aug 28

I Need Help!

Does anyone have any information about a Mr. Roger Lee, he was a teacher at Pretoria School approximately in the 1970s. If anyone does have any information about him then please reply to this post below. Cheers!

Mon Aug 22

The best Ice cream in the world; great shop!

Sat Aug 20

Teddy Day fought teenager Jimmy Tibbs for the Guvnor of Canning Town Title in my Dads stable yard next door to my Uncle Bills pud The Duke of Cambridge . It was a short one sided battle with young Tibbs the easy winner . I remember Teddy Day as a very smart tall blond man . He was more hard boned than muscular . I didn't see him again after that fight . Jimmy Myers

The Boys From Rathbone Street .

Fri Aug 12

Poyser Family Canning Town

My Poysers were present in Canning Town for over 150 years, showing on Wilberforce Street and Forty Acre Lane for many years in the 19th and early 20th century. Then I have Sarah Street, Boyd Rd, Florence Street and others. Again though, Rathbone Street figures strongly in my early 20th century family history.

Samuel Poyser is my great grandfather and he apparently was a wheelwright who worked out of a "yard" off of Fox Street. Apparently, he made the wheels for the costers barrows, which were stored in the yard overnights. The yard was rented from a lady named Rachel Lee, who had a daughter, Clara, who worked the market.

Sam's sister, Minnie, worked in Wicks shop.

I would love to see photos of Sam's wheelright "yard", also of Wicks, and any photos of "his" Poyser siblings.

I'd also love to contact descendants of Sam's siblings, and his other children.

Wed Jul 27

Hunt family Canning Town

I know this is a long shot. 1912 Kelly's directory shows my great-great-grandfather having a "bird shop" at 1 Rathbone Street. Prior to that he had lived on Sabberton Street and this was probably where the "shop" began.

I'd love to see pics of Charles Hunt's shop on Rathbone Street when it was open.

My great grandmother was his daughter Mary Ann, known as Polly, who died in 1936.

I would love to have contact with anyone related to the family, memories or photos.

Wed Jul 27

Previous comment about Bill

I have just read my previous comment about Bill and wish to make people see that it was in no way a put down,I am a lot younger than Bill was and am an Avid Boxing fan and historian,I know many old faces (not in a plastic gangster way) but more a respect of there sport way,There were many good fighters (Boxing) from the local area (Jack Bowers) Jason Rowland,Dean Hollington,Ricky Mann, Teddy Day,Joe and Sam Tokely,Benny Staffofrd,Delaneys,Mo Hussien,Gary colkett aka Knight, Jimmy Batten,Albert and Joe wreden, Mark Thompson,Neil Bowers best matchmaker and loads more Roberts etc,Don`t believe the hype on other more famous faces they have not had a fight so don`t believe the hype

Sat Jun 25

False memories

I love Custom House and Canning Town and had a great childhood growing up there in the 70s and 80s and would not change a thing about my childhood,But the truth is there has been a glamorising of violence by a certain few people and if you said anything about being used as a punchbag by a failed Boxer or did not want your kids hanging around with drug dealers or nicking things then you was a wrongun ,well the truth is the dealers in drugs,The champion boxers of Canning Town and the people who think that it is ok to nick from what are only really poor people have been the ruin of the area and that is why everyone has really left,Every pub shut down and i think that the front page of the Newham Recorder showing an old girl of 86 pushing the button to bulldose her flat was an insult ,Was she left in so much of a dump that she was happy to push the button? A social engineering master class,And now you have gone you could not buy a flat for under £250.000 up,Read Sir John Betjamin "They pul

Wed May 04

Bill the bomb

A very capable boxer,Make no mistake he should have gone farther than he did,only 1 defeat that was avenged a month later in a re match (against an old Repton boxing clubmate) makes you wonder if they were happy to have one apiece ,Benny Stafford was also a wasted talent as was Sammy Tokeley but wasted talent is not new to canning town look up Pedlar Palmer.

Fri Apr 22

The best ice cream I.have ever tasted !

Canning Towns iconic vendor !

Sun Mar 27

Yes I was in June baranowski's class 4b remember her and her sister good days

Sun Feb 14

Sun Jan 17

Yes,I was in the photo,holding the cupwith albert edwards,who was your husband? I m malcolm biggs,good team good memories

Fri Jan 15

Hermit Road Area

Hi,

My name is Bill Stammers I went to SWHT from 1953-1959, Harry (Henry) Hilder was in my class, his Dad owned a car repair shop behind the Beaconsfield Pub.

I married Carol Peters who lived in Beaconsfield Road, she had relations in Clarence and Malmesbury Road, the Griggs,Atkinsons, Coker and Peters of course!!

Chat here or my email is:

Thu Jan 14

Wed Dec 23

Bill sansom

Barb,

Remember you and your brother Denis you were friends with my sister pat. I was a year below you at school, great times. We had some great footballers.

Fri Dec 18

what year was clifton road built

Fri Nov 13

Hello, the boys Olly & George were my step Dads nephews. Unfortunately Olly passed away 3 years ago and George last month Oct 2015.

Thu Nov 05

Thu Oct 29

lolly1564@hotmail.com

Every saturday we used to come to rathbone market and parents got us murkoff ice cream. Also we used to have treat and buy container at xmas. God miss that wonderful taste of that delicious ice.cream

Such a waste that shop had to.close

Please cant you bring it.back

Sat Oct 24

I would like yo say I was talking to my husband I said I miss the ice cream shop at canning town I my self moved out of lonfon to southend but came back to fill my frezer with ice cream my children loved it I do miss the wonderful ice cream and would pay good money to have it back iam so sorry I did not no why the shop shut till today my best wishes to your family would have loved to give the ice cream yo my grandson best wishes carol

Sun Sep 20

Hi I'm pleased to finally find a member of the Murkoff family as I used to work for your dad on a Saturday serving the sweets and cigarettes then back on the ice cream.. It's unbelievable the amount of people that loved your fathers ice cream, the ques was never ending in the summer. My father worked in the docks in the east end of London and used to stand for hours talking with your grandad and I think I remember your father saying your granddad also worked in the docks but I can't be certain.

Would be great to hear from you.

Tue Aug 18

It

The best ice cream in the world

Thu Aug 06

Georges pie shop hermit rd

Does anyone no of any of his children

He was my uncle the last time I saw him I

Was about 7 on a rare visit to the pie shop

He had two boys , just wonders how they were?

Sun Jul 26

i am 66 years old dose anyone on here go to pretoria girls school about the time i went threre

email imin247@HOT MAIL.CO.UK

Sun Jul 26

Sun Jul 19

Sun Jul 05

Best ice cream ever

I miss this ice cream never tasted anything close to it. I now live in Scotland but remember shopping trips to raffie market with a stop at murkoffs on the way home

Tue Jun 30

Fri May 29

I too loved the Ice cream. I think you should bring it back. I'm sport to hear about your Father x it was the best ice cream I've Ever tasted and is missed.

Wed May 13

Eddie Payne

Hi

I think I worked with your Dad

I was just a lad working for a painting firm in London many years ago.

Did you have 2 uncles on the same firm, Jimmy and Dicky

Ed De'Ath

Wed Apr 22