History of Canning Town East London

Like large parts of the East End, Canning Town once had a strong industrial heritage, but the area was originally marshland. As such, for many centuries, the only way to reach Canning Town was to boat or by paying to use a toll bridge. The area opened up in the early 19th century when the Barking Road was built.

This brought with it a larger bridge and more opportunities for connections with the rest of East London.

Before the reign of Queen Victoria, Canning Town had no real significance and it did not even get its name until the Victorian period. It is probably named after Charles Canning. He was a relatively famous and popular character at the time as he had successfully managed the Indian Mutiny in his role as Viceroy of India. Once the area started to be developed, however, it turned into a busy industrial and commercial hub.

Visit Canning Town in East London.

Royal Victoria Docks
Royal Victoria Docks

For example, in 1846, the North London train line brought higher levels of industrialisation to this area of the East End. Originally built to transport supplies from the local docks, the opening of the Barking Road passenger station, together with more housing construction, attracted more workers to the area’s chemical, shipbuilding and sugar refining factories. The football team that started in the local ironworks famously went on to become West Ham FC.

By 1855, Canning Town also had a new dock, the Royal Victoria Dock. However, the local water supply and sewage system was not designed to cope with the increasing number of local residents and businesses, and Canning Town became infamous for its slum living conditions, high poverty levels and outbreaks of smallpox and cholera due to its inadequate sanitary conditions.

History of Canning Town’s New Docks

London Docklands and Canary Wharf
London Docklands and Canary Wharf

The increased docklands and shipping activities brought in a new influx of local and overseas workers who needed housing, including a significant community of West African, Caribbean and Asian immigrants. At one point, Canning Town was home to the largest black community in London with over 100 families living in the area.

Many of the capital’s more dangerous industries were historically located in the East End, safely out of the way of the city of London and its more upmarket central areas. Charles Dickens described some of these industries as “offensive”.

This probably relates to the smells they created, as local businesses worked in gut spinning, varnish production and oil boiling at the time. Operating outside of the regulations of the city itself also made it easier for businesses to ignore housing and business regulations, sometimes leading to accidents.

Canning Town was no exception to this rule and the area was affected by a significant accidental explosion at an ammunition factory in nearby Silvertown. Although this accident resulted in a relatively low loss of life, it damaged tens of thousands of local buildings around the East End.

Housing in Canning Town

By the 1930s, housing conditions in Canning Town were so dire that the local council started a program to clear the slums and to provide better social conditions for local residents. Many slum properties were torn down, and new houses, nurseries, medical clinics and even a lido opened in the area.

The Second World War also badly affected the area and led to further redevelopment initiatives after the war. Much of the East End was a prime target for German bombers and it is estimated that over 85% of local housing stock was destroyed.

redevelopment initiatives after the war. Much of the East End was a prime target for German bombers and it is estimated that over 85% of local housing stock was destroyed.

Canning Town was also the scene of one of the worst bombing events in the war, although a government cover up at the time hid the full extent of the incident. In September 1940, local residents were sheltering in the basement of South Hallsville School during an air raid. They were staying in the school because they had been evacuated from their homes.

The school suffered from a direct hit burying all of the sheltering locals under piles of rubble. Reports at the time indicated that around 70 people died in the incident, but it is now believed that close to 600 people died on the site making this the worst civilian casualty rate in a bombing raid during the war.

Modern History: Canning Town Redevelopment

Due to redevelopment programs and damage sustained in the war, much of the housing in and around Canning Town is relatively modern; most rebuilding took the form of new council estates, including a number of high-rise tower blocks, which were popular at the time.

One high-rise block became well-known in the 1960s for all the wrong reasons when a gas explosion caused an entire corner of the block to collapse. It and its surrounding high-rises were demolished to make way for safer, and smaller, houses and the lessons learned from this accident changed the way that high-rises were built. Canning Town still remains a relatively deprived area and is undergoing continuing redevelopment.

554 thoughts on “History of Canning Town East London”

  1. I have a picture of the WW2 VE celebrations in Canning Town 1945. I had some names identified for me of the people in the picture by this site, but I cannot locate the thread now and wish to discuss it further with that person.
    Can anyone help with the id parade it included the following names:
    Kathleen Wilson
    Jimmy Penn
    Peter Penn
    Terry Spinks
    David & Michael Formalls
    Doris & Joyce Felton
    Mrs Chilcott

  2. Seeking information on Canningtown, the workers houses and living conditions in 1913 pre WW1? Also a a stone carving factory in that area at this time? It is a BIG ask I realise. I am in Australia and researching that area and period which is unknown to me. The Times History of London shows many West Ham industries from 1900 onwards, however I am not sure if stone was carved in that area (stone from Dorset, I’m thinking and presume it would come by barge?) If not where would stone be carved? Could anyone direct me to this info or any on this area and time?

    1. Hello Kay Crabbe,
      West Ham industries. Stone Carving in the late 1800s, it was in the West Ham district / Stratford High Road area that there was a Stone Works. It was in Sugar House Lane amongst other factories nearby – Asphalt works – Printing & Ink works – Boiler works – Cork works – Blue works. It was on a inland island surrounded by the Three Mills Wall River, the Bow Back river and the Three Mills Back river, near to the river Lea.

      It was situated there in the late 19th Century because of the access to wharves for incoming sailing barges from Dorset and Cornwall. It may have had connections with the Thomas & Theodore Druitt & Co a family of Stone Masons that had two premises nearby in Stratford High Street from the 1830s, next to the Peg’s Hole Bridge and another about 200 yards further up by a viaduct on the same side of the street. They were both situated alongside a wharf with a crane and were there on Stratford High Street before the Stone Yard was built in Sugar House Lane.

      The area shows on the 1850s OS map and by the 1894 OS map the Stone works is shown opposite the Blue works at the south end of Sugar House Lane. In the 1913 OS map a larger building was built there at the Stone works. Further down on the map about a quarter of a mile away, on the corner of Three Mills Lane next to a bridge there was another yard called a Monumental Moulding Works with a wharf alongside the River Lea.

      This all fits in with the following information about the Stone Mason’s Druitt & Co. with a Stratford High Street connection, not far from Sugar House Lane. It is a excellent article you can find on Google or Safari – [Druitt dynasty of stonemasons, East London and Essex active 1810s – 1950s]. It will give the short story of the Druitt family that operated Stone Carving up to the 1950s.

      Today in 2022 the area is called The Sugar House Lane Business Centre and is in a Conservation Area.(Kay, if you Google or Safari it shows info and the Stone Works on a 1894 map) — [ Sugar House Lane Conservation Area. London Borough of Newham.

    2. Hello Kay Crabbe,
      Canning Town pre – 1913 most of the workers could not afford to rent a whole house, so it was quite common to have 2 or more families living in the same house. One family would be downstairs and the other upstairs. Some of the houses lacked running water and toilets and would have an outside toilet (privvy) and a tin tub for a bath, filled with water by hand. Canning Town housing in 1913 was vastly crowded with a maze of streets with poorly built terraced houses/cottages with a door sometimes opening onto the street.

      In the 1911 Census it is found that even a family that occupied one house it was quite common to take in a boarder to share the running costs. After 1919 all new houses built had to have plumbing, a water tap, sink, and toilet inside.
      If you Google BHO – British History Online. West Ham: Domestic Buildings you can find more information about this reading through it from the 1840s, about West Ham / Stratford / Canning Town etc.

      Also if you Google BHO – British History Online. West Ham: Industries you can find more information about the Stone Masons, regarding the Druitt family that was in the Stratford High Street. The paragraph is ‘Building Materials, Abrasives and Glass’. This will add more details about Stone Masons and the other industries in the Sugar House Lane and Stratford High Street area, as in my previous email today.

      1. Thank you, William, you have been most helpful.
        I’d found Druitt’s stone works story on Mile End Rd and Stratford, however I hadn’t read anything about a wharf and crane, that’s perfect. Would that wharf be on the River Lea or another waterway do you think, such as the Three Mills Wall River or the Three Mills Black River. I’m trying to get my head around the viaduct set-up. I’d also imagined that the Druitt High St was a long way from Sugar House Lane – to take the stone for carving – although you say it’s not far? I wonder if both places were carving workshops? I think the Sugar House would work best for my story. Much appreciated.
        Your description of Canning Town is great, and I have two questions in my head. Could you suggest a couple of street names in Canning Town likely to have these worker’s homes? The article mentions street names, however I’m not sure if they are near (walking distance) to Sugar House Lane stone factory. To Google distance I need street names, so I go around in circles with this. Also, would the maze of roads and (narrow laneways I imagine) be cobblestones, or dirt in 1913 do you think? This is for a children’s novel set mostly in Australia, however I want the boy to come from this Canning Town area and working young (13) and I’m a stickler for factual history. I’m grateful for your help. Many thanks.

        1. Hello Kay,
          Thank you for your response and I hope this again helps to clarify some of your queries.
          The Ordnance Survey maps I have access to online are better than the ones in the Sugar House Lane article, so I am looking and seeing the actual clear and a bigger, wider view of the detailed map area’s we are discussing. This is how I obtain my information amongst the different date issues of OS maps.

          The proximity of the Stone Yard in the High Street and the one you favour in Sugar House Lane were very close, it was about 180 – 200 yards. The Stone Yard in Sugar House Lane in the 1894 OS Map was built later than 1867 and the word crane was not included, In the different later editions 1894 OS and 1913 OS maps, the name Stone Yard is only mentioned. I am sure they all from then all would have had a crane because they were beside a waterway / wharf.

          In the Stratford High Street where the Stone Yard and crane is shown it runs at right angle to and is at the entrance to the Sugar House Lane area. It is a few yards away on the entrance of The Three Mills Back River and not on the river Lea. It is the Bow Bridge that crosses the river Lea.

          In 1913 some of the streets would have been rough and would have had large pebbles and gravel compacted and flattened into the ground such as clay etc by large heavy rollers pulled by horses. But not all, some had cobbles and many roads were laid with various other materials such Asphalt, Macadam, Stone etc nothing was standard.

          I can name a few streets very close to Sugar House Lane such as Roberts Road, Beck Road, Godfrey Street which appear on the 1894 OS map. Godfrey Street is still on the map today in 2022.

          In Canning Town the nearest streets within walking distance you required to Sugar House Lane in 1894 were Florence Street, Sheppard Street, Blanche Street, Chargeable Street and they are all still there on the map today.
          Good luck with your novel.

          1. Thanks William, I’ve just found your reply and since it’s 11pm here, I’l have to some back to it tomorrow.
            I hadn’t turned up any good Ordinance maps, however I will try again and check out those streets you mention. Your info is most welcome and appreciated and I’ll let you know.

          2. Hello William, You have been most helpful and I am back with one last query (I hope).
            My lad living in Beck Rd has to get to the stone works in Sugar House Lane in 1913. Looking at that map, I think he would have to go from Beck Rd up Abbey Lane, past the Timber Yard and onto High St turning left. I’m confused here as to whether there is a bridge to cross over Three Mills Wall River or does the High St Rd continue over a bridge with a walking path. Would you know this? Many thanks. K

        2. Hello Kay,
          You are nearly there with your understanding of your lads walk to work and I hope this helps. It was about a total of only a half a mile from Beck Road and it was a footpath all of the way along the High Street.

          You are quite correct in entering the High Street from Abbey Lane and then turning left. There was on that corner a bridge he would immediately cross, called The St Michael’s Bridge which crosses over the entry to the The Three Mills Wall River. Then he would progress along the footpath a short distance of about 20 yards and then walk over the St Thomas D Akers Bridge (which crosses a small waterway that is fed into the same river). Then it is a short walk to the Sugar House Lane entrance (40 yards) and turn left down to the Stone Works.(180 – 200 yards)

          There were no alleyways or footbridges he could have shortened his journey that appear on any of the maps, the area was surrounded by marshland and waterways etc.

          This information I have obtained from the 1867 Ordnance Survey Map. The St Michael’s Bridge and The St Thomas D Akers Bridge are not named on the 1894 and the 1913 Ordnance Survey maps but are shown on them.

          1. Yay! William,
            I felt sure the marshes couldn’t be penetrated and my lad would have to take the Abbey Lane route. ( ha! now I keep seeing the Beatles striding across Abbey Road in my head).
            I didn’t pick up on the smaller waterway on the High Street, so thanks for your thorough search and distance notes. I’ve turned up an excellent article on the living conditions at that time, so I’m done with Canning Town. My story has to flash to Dorset around the stone quarries at some point and I’m hoping that proves simpler. Regrettably, we didn’t visit either of these places while driving in UK years ago.
            This is a wonderful site, and I’ll acknowledge your assistance in the book when it’s written. Many thanks for your time and interest. Kind regards.

      2. Our flat in Canning Town had an outside toilet, a wooden plank seat, it actually fell down, we had no hot water, our Dad had a geyser fitted in the kitchen, and though we had electric light we still had the gas lights on the wall. An open coal fire, no central heating. That was in 1961. Most of the old flats and houses we lived in were kept spotless, yes they were damp, yes they were far from ideal but we loved them, we didn’t care that we didn’t have bathrooms, though life was hard for our Mothers, the children were happy, we played on bomb sites,debris, we loved it. If I could go back to it as it was then I would. People were genuine, grateful just to be alive even though food, well everything, had been rationed for years, they didn’t whinge like people today.
        I was always led to believe the Silvertown ammunitions explosion had many casualties, and was such a big explosion it was heard in France. The West Indian Working Men’s club, I think that’s the right name, was I believe founded in 1935 and there were 35 families in total living in Canning Town, including Custom House. Most were seafaring men who had settled with English women.

  3. I was born and breed in Canning Town we living in Maferking Road and my entire family (McKenna’s) socialised in the West Ham Working Mans Club.
    Spent early years eating Hermit Road and West Ham Lane Pie And Mash and eating Murcoffs Ice Cream……those were the days mmm

  4. Hi,
    I have just found this site, quite amazing.
    Does anyone remember the McGregor family, they lived in Tidal Basin Rd.
    My grandparents were called Charles & Ellen (nee Callaby) & they had 7 children one of which was my Dad, any info would be great!

    1. Hi,
      It was number 19 Elphick Street (Tidal Basin Ward) Canning Town where your great grandfather Charles E McGregor 1870-1930 and your grandfather also named Charles E McGregor 1891-1948 the eldest child and his siblings lived at in the 1901 Census.
      The Paragon Printing Works and the City Glass Bottle Works was situated behind the back gardens of Elphick Street on one side. The other side backed on to Agate Street with the South Hallsville School entrance at the end of the street, the back of the school was at the far end of Elphick Street. The McGregor children must have attended that school at that time in 1901.

      Your grandfather Charles in the 1911 Census was living in Chelmsford and was a boarder at 12 Baker St.Essex, aged 19 single, a factory hand working in a Ball Bearing Manufacturing Co.
      He married Ellen Callaby in 1915 and had moved back to Canning Town and in the 1939 register Census and was living in Maplin Road (previously named Marten Road and was renamed Maplin Road probably in the 1920s) with his family still in the same area, not very far from Elphick Street, where he was living in 1901 with his parents and siblings.

  5. Would anyone know the history of the Bell and Anchor cottages in Dock Road 1870’s
    Did they have anything to do with the Bell and Anchor pub.

    Any information would be gratefully received.

    Many thanks Mike Clarke

    1. Hello Michael,
      If you type in to your device IPad or Computer. File:Bell and Anchor Cottages, West Ham, the information is there in two parts.
      Touch – Draft Bell and Anchor cottages at the bottom of the page on one of the links to get the complete info that you need. This is the Wikimedia Commons link.
      Good Luck.

  6. My mother Lilian Florence Ivett (although she called her self Florence Ivett) was born in 1916 and lived in Clarkson Street, Canning Town. Her father died when she was 13 years of age. He worked in the Chemical Factory and may have died from an industrial disease. Her mother worked long hours in the laundry to try and keep the family together which she achieved. My mother and sister were evacuated to Oxford in the war and my mother never came back to Canning Town. She said it made her depressed when she had to go back visiting relatives. Her sister, nick named Aunty Sis, went back and worked as a draftswoman and stayed in Canning Town all her life. She was married to my Uncle Charlie who was a docker. If there is any one out there that knew the family I would love to hear from you.

  7. when my sister was first married she lived at 144 Malmesburry Road and her husbands Grandad lived down stairs, There name was Crump. Her mother-inlaw and Father in law lived in Percy Road where her husband Tony grew up

  8. Seeking further knowledge of the William Hewett family, 62 Lock Street, Canning Town, in 1901 census.. Children: William, Ellen, Henry, Frederick, Elizabeth Ann, Annie, Doris Selina, Walter, George Frederick, Alice, John. Spouses include Hegarty, Griffin. My Grandfather (William’s brother) Frederick emigrated to New Zealand c.1888 from Limehouse Causeway. Further info. appreciated.

  9. Just stumbled across this site so though Id see if anyone has a connection to the Clout/Boys family who were originally from Kent. The period i’m looking into though has them in Canning Town. Henry John Clout was married to Rose Payne in 1900. Trying to go forward with this rather than back so hopefully to learn why they all seemed to change their surnames from Clout to Boys. I think this may have occured from around 1899 after Henry’s mother married George Boys after she was widowed. Henry John was my grt grandfather. His children would have gone to Star Lane and Hilda Road Schools as I believe my father did. Would love to hear from any members from this family who could help out with this.

  10. Kenneth P. Baker
    I was born in Charford Rd E16, in a terraced house destroyed by a German bomb in Sept. 1940. Close to Beckton Road now Newham way. I have clear memories of the district in the 1930s, and of living in London throughout WW2. I particularly recall the excellent Govt.advice on nutrition and heath. I was educated in Plaistow Grammar school and subsequently became a professor of Veterinary medicine. I am writing a family history, we were relocated to Plaistow after the destruction of 23 Charford Rd. and our house in Upperton Rd. was badly damaged and condemned after a V2 rocket landed in Upperton Rd. in March 1945, 2 months before the end of the war. I left West ham in 1951 after entering college. I remember the name Alfred Drake and I was a fellow of a boy called Moody at Plaistow Grammar school 1941-1946, this may be of interest Anthony Drake above .

  11. Hello All.
    Only just found this site, and probably left it a bit late now, but it’s worth a try.
    My dad (Freddy Hines) was born in Canning Town in 1915, and lived 27 (I think) Mayfield Road.
    Dad went to Hilda Road school. Later on, lived in Hermit Road and Tyas Road.
    He boxed as a junior at Fairbairn House and also senior at West Ham Boxing Club based at the Black Lion Plaistow.
    Both his brother Henry and cousin Alfie were boxers too.
    Any info or connections would be great to see and read.
    Thank you.

    P.S. Our surname can be spelt Hines, Heins, Hinds…

    1. Hi Fred I had a friend whose name was Michael Hines. He lived with his mother and father in Exning Road Canning Town, which is close to Hermit Road, Star Lane and Hilda Road School, He was roughly the same age as me, so born around 1947. Sorry, I cannot recall his Dad’s name (I called him Mr Hines!)

      1. PS I attended Hilda Road School for just a year (1957 to 58 I think) but my mother and her brothers all went there – the Porter family from Desford Road (moving there from Dale Road)

      2. Hi David. Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I can’t help with the name Michael Hines… But could certainly be connected as my dad had lots of aunts and uncles living in the area.

    2. Hi Fred , My sister Doreen used to go out with a bloke called Alfie Hines when we lived in Beckton road , He was a big bloke and I remember he was taking my sister to a boxing match at the Royal Albert Hall but she didn’t want to go so he gave me the two tickets. Great seats right near the ring with all the rich nobs. Charlie Sage.

      1. Hi Charlie… Yes, Alfie was my dad’s younger cousin. He boxed professionally at light-heavyweight, fighting the likes of George Walker. My dad was a middleweight and often boxed at the Royal Albert Hall. At the time, he was rated as one of the best amateur middleweights in the country. Small world Charlie…

        1. Hi Fred, just discovered this site and was interested in your reference to West Ham Boxing club. Both of my elder brothers were members and I can remember going to watch them train and wanting to ‘dance around’ in the ring. My eldest brother is Ralph Charles, (born 1943) he went onto become the British Welterweight champion.

          1. Hello Margaret.
            Nice of you to reply. Yeah, I too remember going to visit the old stables behind the Black Lion and I do remember the name of Ralph Charles, your brother…

  12. Looking for some help with an address/location in Canning Town. I have a letter written by I think my GG Grandfather’s brother titled “The First White Women In Alaska” a small account of his times there. It was signed G.J.Howes (George, not sure the middle initial is correct, should be Laughton Howes). His address is listed as Fire Station, Barking Road, Canning Town. Seems the account may have been written after his return. Would anybody know of this location, does the building still exist? Thanks for the help.

    1. Hi Dan ,I was brought in Canning Town and the only fire station I knew of was in Prince Regents Lane between the Greengate and the A13. Charlie .

  13. I am trying to trace my late fathers family. I believe he was born in the Canning Town area in Aug 1924, I believe he was born William Arthur Wallis but at some point became William Arthur Maslen and lived in Lewisham. Does this ring any bells with anyone? Thanks for any information

  14. Hi I’m new to this site and may be able to give information about Malmesbury Road, Canning Town from the early 1900’s to about 1930’s. My Grandfather Leonard Stroud lived at 56 Malmesbury Road. He fortunately wrote down all his childhood memories! He mentions names of nearby shops and who were in them. Names of neighbours and a whole lot more. I have a few photos of the area from around that time.

    1. Hi Anthony. I was looking through some old papers today and my grandparents lived at number 58. They were the Down family. I wonder if they are mentioned.?
      Kind regards

      1. Antony Springate

        Hi Jennifer,
        Sorry don’t recognise the surname. Do you have any first names?
        Our house was on the same side as the debris and about 10 houses up towards Star Lane. I do remember some surnames; House, Human, Mills and Whitmore.
        All the best,

      2. Hi Jennifer,
        I’ve had a look through his text and unfortunately there is no mention of your family. What I can do is tell you some of the information that may help to visualise the area in his words. This I’m guessing would be from about 1915 onwards as he was born in 1909. He was asked to describe Malmesbury Road. ‘ It was a fairly straight Road with a slight bend at the beginning, this lead to a big playing field with a fence around it. The road was cobblestoned. On the corner of Avondale Road was a bakers ( Wolseys). There was a sweet shop called Maynes on the corner of Clarence Road and a dairy called Thomas’s. There was also a Greengrocers called Savages. At the back of the house was a Railway where the steam trains used to go, between the railway and the houses was a 6 foot wide ditch and you’d always see loads of rats! A Mrs Weller lived about 8 doors up and I used to run errands for her and eventually ended up being a lodger there. My father Elias Stroud was a Stevedore on the docks and liked his drink too much, he was a tough character and was quite intimidating to the area. One example was he tripped over someone’s bin out the front and did no more than pick it up and throw it back through their window shouting ‘take the bloody thing in’!
        He went to Star Lane school and Hermit Road play centre. At the end of the road was ‘ Peggy Leggy steps’ with a lamp and an archway this was the start of ‘our’ territory from other gangs in the area. Street fights were quite common. He said that, Malmesbury Road were fairly respectable, Clarence Road were a bit dodgy, Percy Road and Liverpool Road were a toffee nosed lot, Clifton, Baron and Ordinance Roads were right ruffians. There was an old ship’s Captain that lived opposite called Moody who used to sell Sarsaparilla down Rathbone Street. Lastly, he used to go to Cumberland Road School to get the ‘slips’ from the R O ( relieving office) in order to get food. I’m wondering id this is something like the ration books from later on during WW2?
        Hope that was of some use? He does mention other things at the time such as horse drawn sellers that used to ply their wares, gas lamp wardens etc.
        All the best.

        1. Hi Anthony, I would dearly love to read more of your Grandfather’s memoirs. I have been studying the area in-depth for some years now. My uncle has written his memoirs too but he was born a bit later in 1929. My family paternal family (Fitzgerald & Sawyers) come from Old Canning Town (Tucker Street, Star Lane and surrounding areas). My maternal family are O’Shea/Shea from Poplar (1830).

          1. Hi Julie, there is rather a lot of information. Rather than me typing it all out on here is there a preferred way of getting it to you/ All the best. Tony.

      3. I remember the Down family they lived upstairs in 58 Malmesbury Rd. They had two sons if I remember rightly one was called Reg the other one was Bill.Mrs Downs brother lived downstairs. Bob Edmonds with his wife Edith they had four children Derrick. Robert. Grace and Jean (twins) they were my friend I was always in 58 we grew up together Grace and Jean emergrated to Canada when they grew up.I used to live in Clarence Rd when I got married I lived in Malmesbuy until it was demolished in the seventys .
        My name is Helen..

        1. Hi Helen my father’s family born in Canning Town Lewis brothers Joseph, Teddy, herbert(Bertie)James(little Jimmy) and sister Marie who married Harold Damey early fifties. I know uncle Ted had a reputation with ladies and emigrated to Australia my dad was born in 1935 moved to Crawley in 1960s

    2. My mum, Ada Helena Iris Reynolds as she then was(became Mrs Mellish in 1937) taught at Malmesbury Road School in the late twenties and thirties. She was evacuated to taunton (not sure if it was with the school) in September 1939. She returned to London but was caught in one of the raids,South Hallsville School disaster I believe. She survived but had both legs badly broken in multiple places.

    3. hi my grandfather family all lived in Canning does it mention anybody with the surname Cherry.
      regards Lee

    4. Hello I wonder if Lewis or Halford are mentioned my grandparents Joseph Lewis and issabel Halford or Bella Halford and Lizzie Halford, Queenie who married Burt Gardner. Your story very interesting

    5. Hi, only just found this site but stumbled upon your thread re: Malmesbury Road, Canning Town. My great-grandparents were William (aka Frederick) and Nellie Reed, and lived at No 52, with their children: Bill (born 1905), Kit, Helen/Nel, Elsie, May, Hilda, Ron, Len & Dennis. William was a Deal Porter at the docks, though had his arm crushed at some point. Kept racing pigeons (at the railway arches). I’d love to know anything about your grandad’s memories, but appreciate I’m coming to this long after your original post.

  15. Hi all. Im looking into my family history. Does anyone remember the Doyles, Kings, Staffords or Fitzgeralds? Lived there since late 1800s until WW2

      1. Hi June! Lovely to see your reply. My relatives lived on Watford Road, Leslie Road and Liverpool Road between 1901-1940. In tracing their ancestors I have found that they were merchant seamen by trade. Does that ring any bells for you? All the best

  16. Hi all,
    My Grandparents are Sidney and Esther Graham, My granddad (97) sadly passed away in 2017 & My nan (98) sadly passed away 2020.
    I have heard so many stories and they’ve shared a lot of history with me.. Although now they’ve passed I wished I had sat and listened for longer, I was researching for my university course when I stumbled across this page and I’ve gotten a little carried away with reading everything and It got me thinking If anyone remembers my grandparents and/or family?
    My dad is the youngest of his siblings – Henry (also known as Harry).
    My Nan’s surname was Rampley and they owned fruit and veg stalls
    My Grandfather was a Seamen, In the merchant navy..with family from Barbados once he left the merchant navy he worked on the docks – My granddad also had an allotment
    They lived and raised their family on Kerry Close, Custom House where my Nan continued to live until she passed

    I would love to hear if anyone knows or remembers them and if not thank you for still taking the time to read my post.

  17. Does anybody remember the Semon family who lived at number 7 Malmesbury Road, Canning Town in the 1930s. the family were my Grandparents Amelia and Frederick, they had a daughter also Amelia and a son Eddie, they also had Triplets which was a rare thing back then they were born in January 1932 Mary, Margaret and Frances with Margaret being my mother. If anyone has any information regarding any members of the family I would love to hear from you.

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