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Here is the London 1912 Directory listing in 1921 & my Olympic Zone walk in 2006
London street name changes about 1938
The Olympics is coming in 2012, this site has been about the history of the area; very soon, it will become an entire introduction in where to go and what to do whilst visiting London & Stratford in 2012. Congratulations to the fantastic Olympians in Beijing, and well done - you stand proud.
Meanwhile, here are a many thousands of historical pubs in the South of England
Becontree Hundred in 1863 , Chafford Hundred in 1863
Stratford History & West Ham History
& Silvertown & Plaistow & North Woolwich & Canning Town
& Hornchurch & Romford & Havering, plus Rainham & Wennington
Great Warley & Little Warley, South Weald
NEW - History of Barking & History of Dagenham
History of Pubs in London - indexes
This is a brand new fun and games site for London. I guess it is really aimed at the coming Olympics in 2012, but in the mean time we can add something of interest to whet the appetite.
From the navigation menu, you will see a few other London sites that I run, and these may interest you, especially all the historical Pubs in London & Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire & Cambridge, Suffolk, Kent and Dorset - these site create a massive Trade directory of the South East of England, for the last two hundred years. All the sites can be searched by surname, address etc from any site, through the search engine.I have not yet added the fun & games part yet - but for historical detail, I can recommend no better than the Essex Record Office, in Chelmsford [this is my fun & games]- here is an online database of much of what is on offer- SEAX - it is absolutely brilliant. (Just login as guest if you are a guest). You may also want to visit the Newham Heritage and Archive site, and it's forums - see the Newham Story.
Just for interest to those outside the UK, and to explain the old currency system in England - see Pounds, Shillings and Pence; the currency in the UK is now 100 pennies per Pound, but I look forward to us joining the Euro, in line with other sensible European countries.
The coming Olympic games will be largely centred around Stratford in East London, and the Hackney marsh areas; plus a variety of other top class venues around the Capital. Stratford started it's life as part of Essex, and still has an postcode which does not rank it amongst the London Postal Districts, i.e. EC1 - 4, & WC1- 4; and is therefore listed as East London. It is extremely well linked with Essex and London, through an excellent Rail network. The sailing will be in Dorset, near to Weymouth; and the cycling in South Weald, Essex - see the Essex 1841 site
Newham Story website
tells the story of Newham and its people.
You can share your memories, family stories, photos, and knowledge of Newham - as it is today and as it was in the past. Look round the site to see what other people have added. You can add your own story and photo to the site?
The Newham Story is in two parts. The first is the Newham Story website; there are also the Newham Story forums. The forums are at www.newhamstory.com/forums The site is run by the London Borough of Newham's Heritage & Archives service whose aims are to preserve, promote and interpret the rich diversity of the heritage of Newham, and make it accessible to all.
A good game can be had in seeing if any of these mainly Victorian establishments are still open, and if they are, consuming large quantities of the English Beer, better known as Bitter. Sadly, this will cost you an 'arm and a leg', or rather 'Loadsa money', as the Pubs are rather expensive these days - I would rather take a day trip to France on the Eurotunnel from Ashford, have a nice meal, a French chat, and pick up some duty free wine, and some tobacco whilst there. For a good listing of the better modern Pubs to drink in, try the Pigs Ear site - part of the CAMRA [Campaign for Real Ale], rather than the chemical liquids we have become too far intoxicated by.
A favourite pastime is the game - 'having a laugh' [pronounced " 'aving a larf "] - which includes practical pranks at other peoples expense & usually meant light heartedly rather than any nasty form of bullying.
Another interesting side for London is the Nursery Rhymes that have been passed down through the years, e.g. 'ring a ring of roses, a pocketful full of posies, atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down' - this relates to the endemic loss of population from the likes of the plague and other illnesses. Fortunately, there is not too much of this to be found in London these days, with the modern and successful NHS [National Health System] put in place by the Labour Governments in the 1940s.
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