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West Ham Station
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Franciscan Friary 1901
Missionaries of Mary. (R.C.), Founded 1897 by
Franciscan missionaries of Mary and. partly used as an Old People's Home.
Convent building 1902, with new wing of 1909; gutted by fire in 1941 and
1946-55. To be replaced by a smaller convent, 2004.
Chapel Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, 1929-3 W.C. Mangan.
Grange Road School for
‘mentally and physically defective’ children, 1903, Canning Town Women’s
Settlement, ran the school for many years, 1936 ESN School, West Ham
Earl of Beaconsfield
Cemetery. Private. Opened in 1872. Fine gate piers. Two dull Gothic chapels faced with crazy-paved
ragstone but marred by modern additions. One converted to a crematorium.
Between the gate and the chapels a granite cross with a tall, nigged base to
commemorate Britain's allies in the Great War dating from as early as 1917.
There are no single monuments of great merit but the post-1945 ones include a
remarkable array of individualistic, often touching memorials that are so
characteristic of east London cemeteries. Popular types include the overt
symbolism of half-open doors, open arches and heart shapes, while footballs, a
lorry, teddy bears, dogs and even a dart-board provide highly personal
mementoes of the deceased. They are a far cry from the dreary lines of
headstones usual in modern English burial grounds.Many bomb victims near entrance.Memorial to people died when viewing platform
on ship launch of HMS Albion collapsed 1898 and also from the Princess
Alice.Chinese and Japanese burials.Well maintained with trees, grassland scrub
and birdsObelisk to children killed in
Forest Gate school fire.
Park bought for the town by
Lord Bethell 1899, grocer,
Church 1991 another replacement, this time a chapel
attached to a U-shaped block of fiats for residents with special needs, under a
descending sequence of pitched
West Ham station, 1901 on Bow/Barking line Between Canning Town and Stratford on the Jubilee
Line. Between Bromley by Bow and Plaistow on the District and Hammersmith and
City Lines. Between Limehouse and Barking on the Main Line Railway from
Fenchurch Street.. A station was first opened at West Ham on 1st February 1901 by the
London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. It was first used by underground trains
on 2nd June 1902 and was renamed West Ham Manor Road on 11th February 1924.
However, it was shortened back to West Ham on 1st January 1969.1 1st February Opened
London Tilbury and Southend Railway 1902 Whitechapel & Bow Railway
extension eastwards1924 name changed
to West Ham (Manor Road) 1901 Opened on the London Southend Railway, 1999
Rebuilt in its present form Heyningen & Howard, as the first of the new to
the Stratford extension of the Jubilee Line. By con the High-Tech sleek machine
aesthetic of Canning and Stratford, the materials used here - exposed
pre-trusses, glass-block glazing and ruddy-red hark back to Underground designs
of the Holden era, in the tall, brick clock tower.
West Marsh sewer,
Canning Town North signal
Memorial ground owned by
A.F.Hills of Thames Ironworks.West Ham
Football Club started there,
Northern outfall sewer,
laid out as a public footpath, Metropolitan Board of Works, 1868
Memorial Park.. nursery
and community building in energy efficient building with a grass roof and
The Hub. Multi-functional
Community Resource by Eger Architects and Ove Arup & Partners, 2003-4.part cafe,
1911 dockers’ wives doing
outworking shirt manufacture and underclothes
Post to the south Woodside Post to the east Birkbeck Post to the north Anerley Albert Road This road is the earliest built here, first listed in 1855, and although the Croydon Canal was no longer in use it influenced the alignment of the road. From the junction with Portland Road looking the curve of the road reflects the line of the old canal which was to the north of the houses. It is named after Albert, the Prince Consort. 74-76 Stanleybury . Very large three-storey semis. Built for William Stanley, who moved to 74 in 1867. William Stanley’s works in South Norwood was complimented by his local philanthropy. His site is now a close of modern flats. Accidentally demolished. 67 small trading estate and MOT centre . At one time this was home to a theatre transport specialist. St.Mark . This was the first church in the area and is the parish church by G. H. Lewis. The nave was built in 1852 and the church was extended in 1862 and in successive years until 1890. It is in Kentis
Post to the west (north west quarter) Mile End Post to the west (north east quarter) Post to the east Bromley by Bow Post to the north Old Ford Addington Road Addington Arms . Pub dating from the 1860s. It does not appear to be still there. Police stables . From 1938 twenty horses were located here. These stables were built in moderne style white concrete by police surveyor Gilbert Mackenzie Trench. There is a stable at the back as well as tack rooms and a chimney for the forge – there was a full time farrier. Above are two flats for married police officers. The white concrete wall is original. Alfred Street 1-5 Inland Revenue Office . Sold off 1981. Has been used as a college an as offices Almshouses Way, This was once called Priscilla Street. 1 Drapers' Almshouses . These were built in 1706. What remains is a brick group of four tenements with central raised and pedimented chapel. They were restored in 1982 but were originally part of a larger group funded by
Phillibrook Stream The Phillibrook, or Fillebrook, comes through this area and flows south west Post to the west Leyton Post to the south Leytonstone Post to the east Wanstead - Golf course and basin A12 Section through Leytonstone opened in 1999 as the Hackney-M11 link road Aylmer Road. London City Mission . Building dates from 1885. It was later a clothing factory Browning Road This was Back Lane which went from the High Road to the Forest. Also known as Green Man Lane and in 1893 as Park Road. It became Browning Road in 1900 Cottages built by Lord Wellesley, probably in the 1840’s, to house the workforce which serviced local big houses. 24 North Star . Built as a 'beer house by Lord Wellesley. It was originally two cottages knocked together and first referred to in 1858. There was an off-sales serving hatch. It is either named after a famous steamship or famous train or a ship which an early landlord sailed on. Henry Reynolds Gardens . This is a small park n