East Ham Village Diary: Volume II

A change is in the air.  The mood in East Ham is one of flux.  Just off High Street South, the White Horse pub has been brought crashing down; the plot will be re-developed.  I am no great drum-banger for the pub – its St George’s flags draped over all the windows gave the interior…

Join the next Bike from Boleyn and help keep our West Ham links alive

From Veronica Oakeshott, local councillor If you’d like to help us promote cycling and keep the link between West Ham FC and Boleyn alive, join the next Bike from Boleyn ride on 22 April! Our first ride in October 2016 was a great success. Fifty cyclists – including families with young children, our local MP…

East Ham Park Lives

For an inner London borough, Newham has never been lacking in green space and happily some of our loveliest parks are to be found in and around the Greatfield area of East Ham. Plashet Park was opened in 1891 with land taken from the former grounds of late 18th Century manor, Wood House, acquired for…

A treasure trove of local history from a dedicated East Hammer

Any East Hammer, or indeed any Newhamite who has an interest in their local area and its history will not fail to be fascinated by the work of Anil Vekaria. Inspired by memories shared with him by his neighbours, themselves lifelong residents and some from local families stretching back several generations, Anil has delved deep…

Plagiarism and a Tale of Two Hams: the East Ham Coat of Arms

I first became curious when admiring the unusual architecture of Greatfield’s Brooks Avenue. Between the first and second storey of each block (and partly obscured by the odd satellite dish) was a framed plasterwork shield with the words ‘Progressio cum populo’ floating below it. It appeared to feature a ship, what looked like a shepherd’s…

East End Heroines

To mark the inauguration of the new East Ham branch of the Women’s Institute, we remember a few of the notable women who contributed so much to our local history. Elizabeth Fry Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was an English social reformer who became a major force in bringing about new legislation to improve the treatment of…

A Hidden Treasure of Greatfield: the Burgoyne Building

The first of our new regular feature examining our local architectural gems Whether you’re sauntering down East Ham’s High Street South on foot, or gliding past on four wheels, it’s unlikely you’ve failed to spot the grandeur of Greatfield’s Burgoyne building – you just might not have known its name until now. Located next to the…

Green Street, E13: A Bucket List

Back many centuries ago Green Street’s primary purpose was to separate the parishes of East Ham and West Ham. Today, however, it caters to a hugely diverse population and is home to a number of amenities and hidden gems worth checking out next time you visit. ‘The borough is a lively, vibrant and exciting place,…

Brampton School Celebrates its Centenary

June 2015 is a month that will remain in the memories of Brampton pupils for a very long time as Greatfield’s primary school celebrated its centenary. Brampton Primary – or Brampton Road Council School as it used to be called – first opened in 1915 and had singer Dame Vera Lynn among early pupils. On…

East Ham – Six Historical Facts

Today East Ham is a multicultural hotpot of activity – hard to believe it was once desolate marsh-land and forest. Here are five interesting facts about how it has evolved to be the outer city bustling suburb that we know today. The name ‘East Ham’ has Anglo-Saxon roots In Anglo-Saxon England the word ‘hamme’ meant…