Castor Lane, E14

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Castor Lane is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.





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Born here
colin Passfield   
Added: 1 Jan 2021 15:28 GMT   

Dora Street, E14
My grandmother was born in 1904 at 34 Dora Street

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Lived here
   
Added: 16 Feb 2021 13:41 GMT   

Giraud Street
I lived in Giraud St in 1938/1939. I lived with my Mother May Lillian Allen & my brother James Allen (Known as Lenny) My name is Tom Allen and was evacuated to Surrey from Giraud St. I am now 90 years of age.

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danny currie   
Added: 30 Nov 2022 18:39 GMT   

dads yard
ron currie had a car breaking yard in millers yard back in the 60s good old days

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Lynette beardwood   
Added: 29 Nov 2022 20:53 GMT   

Spy’s Club
Topham’s Hotel at 24-28 Ebury Street was called the Ebury Court Hotel. Its first proprietor was a Mrs Topham. In WW2 it was a favourite watering hole for the various intelligence organisations based in the Pimlico area. The first woman infiltrated into France in 1942, FANY Yvonne Rudellat, was recruited by the Special Operations Executive while working there. She died in Bergen Belsen in April 1945.

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Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:39 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:38 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Phil Stubbington   
Added: 14 Nov 2022 16:28 GMT   

Numbers 60 to 70 (1901 - 1939)
A builder, Robert Maeers (1842-1919), applied to build six houses on plots 134 to 139 on the Lincoln House Estate on 5 October 1901. He received approval on 8 October 1901. These would become numbers 60 to 70 Rodenhurst Road (60 is plot 139). Robert Maeers was born in Northleigh, Devon. In 1901 he was living in 118 Elms Road with his wife Georgina, nee Bagwell. They had four children, Allan, Edwin, Alice, and Harriet, born between 1863 and 1873.
Alice Maeers was married to John Rawlins. Harriet Maeers was married to William Street.
Three of the six houses first appear on the electoral register in 1904:
Daniel Mescal “Ferncroft”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By the 1905 electoral register all six are occupied:

Daniel Mescal “St Senans”
Henry Robert Honeywood “Grasmere”
John Rawlins “Iveydene”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Walter Ernest Manning “St Hilda”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By 1906 house numbers replace names:

Daniel Mescal 70
Henry Robert Honeywood 68
John Rawlins 66
William Francis Street 64
Walter Ernest Manning 62
Henry Elkin 60

It’s not clear whether number 70 changed from “Ferncroft” to “St Senans” or possibly Daniel Mescal moved houses.

In any event, it can be seen that Robert Maeers’ two daughters are living in numbers 64 and 66, with, according to local information, an interconnecting door. In the 1911 census William Street is shown as a banker’s clerk. John Rawlins is a chartering clerk in shipping. Robert Maeers and his wife are also living at this address, Robert being shown as a retired builder.

By 1939 all the houses are in different ownership except number 60, where the Elkins are still in residence.


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stephen garraway   
Added: 13 Nov 2022 13:56 GMT   

Martin Street, Latimer Road
I was born at St Charlottes and lived at 14, Martin Street, Latimer Road W10 until I was 4 years old when we moved to the east end. It was my Nan Grant’s House and she was the widow of George Frederick Grant. She had two sons, George and Frederick, and one daughter, my mother Margaret Patricia.
The downstairs flat where we lived had two floors, the basement and the ground floor. The upper two floors were rented to a Scot and his family, the Smiths. He had red hair. The lights and cooker were gas and there was one cold tap over a Belfast sink. A tin bath hung on the wall. The toilet was outside in the yard. This was concreted over and faced the the rear of the opposite terraces. All the yards were segregated by high brick walls. The basement had the a "best" room with a large , dark fireplace with two painted metal Alsation ornaments and it was very dark, cold and little used.
The street lights were gas and a man came round twice daily to turn them on and off using a large pole with a hook and a lighted torch on the end. I remember men coming round the streets with carts selling hot chestnuts and muffins and also the hurdy gurdy man with his instrument and a monkey in a red jacket. I also remember the first time I saw a black man and my mother pulling me away from him. He had a Trilby and pale Mackintosh so he must of been one of the first of the Windrush people. I seem to recall he had a thin moustache.
Uncle George had a small delivery lorry but mum lost touch with him and his family. Uncle Fred went to Peabody Buildings near ST.Pauls.
My Nan was moved to a maisonette in White City around 1966, and couldn’t cope with electric lights, cookers and heating and she lost all of her neighbourhood friends. Within six months she had extreme dementia and died in a horrible ward in Tooting Bec hospital a year or so later. An awful way to end her life, being moved out of her lifelong neighbourhood even though it was slums.

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Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

Memories
I lived at 7 Conder Street in a prefab from roughly 1965 to 1971 approx - happy memories- sad to see it is no more ?

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Eve Glover   
Added: 22 Oct 2022 09:28 GMT   

Shenley Road
Shenley Road is the main street in Borehamwood where the Job Centre and Blue Arrow were located

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
All Saints’ Church All Saints’ is a church in Newby Place, Poplar.
Canary Wharf Canary Wharf is a large business development on the Isle of Dogs, centred on the old West India Docks.
La Trompette Poplar Baths is a former public bath house dating from 1933.
Museum of London Docklands The Museum of London Docklands, based in an 1802 warehouse, tells the history of London’s River Thames and the growth of the Docklands.
Railway Tavern The Railway Tavern was generally known as Charlie Brown’s.
St Matthias Old Church St Matthias Old Church is the modern name given to the Poplar Chapel built by the East India Company in 1654.
Tower Hamlets College Tower Hamlets College is a large further education and a constituent college of New City College.
West India Quay West India Quay is a leisure complex on the Isle of Dogs.

NEARBY STREETS
1 Cabot Square, E14 1 Cabot Square (also known as the Credit Suisse building) is a 21 floor office building occupied by Credit Suisse in the Canary Wharf development.
1 West India Quay, E14 1 West India Quay is a skyscraper designed by HOK in the Docklands area which was completed in 2004.
Adams Place, E14 Adams Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Amoy Place, E14 Amoy Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Astoria Way, E14 Astoria Way is a location in London.
Bazely Street, E14 Bazely Street was originally Bow Lane.
Bellmouth Passage, E14 Bellmouth Passage is a road in the E14 postcode area
Bellmouth Promenade West, E14 Bellmouth Promenade West is a road in the E14 postcode area
Bellmouth Walk, E14 Bellmouth Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Berber Place, E14 Berber Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Billingsgate Market, E14 Billingsgate Market is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Birchfield Street, E14 Birchfield Street was once called Drill Place.
Boardwalk, E14 Sophia Street was built in 1823 and demolished in 1939.
Cabot Place East, E14 Cabot Place East is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cabot Place West, E14 Cabot Place West is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cabot Place, E14 Cabot Place is a retail area.
Cabot Square, E14 Cabot Square is one of the central squares of the Canary Wharf Development.
Canada Place, E14 Canada Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Canada Square, E14 Canada Square is a public square at Canary Wharf.
Canary Wharf, E14 Canary Wharf is a location rather than a road but one which has addresses assigned to it.
Cannon Drive, E14 Cannon Drive is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cannon Workshops, E14 Cannon Workshops is a block in Canary Wharf.
Cartier Circle, E14 Cartier Circle is a road in the E14 postcode area
Castor Street, E14 Castor Street existed between the 1810s and 1960s.
Chancellor Psg, E14 Chancellor Passage is in the Canary Wharf area behind West India Quay.
Churchill Place, E14 Churchill Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Colonnade, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Columbus Courtyard, E14 Columbus Courtyard is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cooks Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Cottage Street, E14 Cottage Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Crossrail Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Crossrail Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Dingle Gardens, E14 Dingle Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Discovery House, E14 Discovery House can be found on Newby Place
Dolphin Lane, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Duff Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
East India Dock Road, E14 East India Dock Road is an important artery connecting the City of London to Essex, and partly serves as the high street of Poplar
East Quay, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Finchs Court Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Finchs Court, E14 Finchs Court is a road in the E14 postcode area
Fishermans Place, E14 Fishermans Place is a road in the W4 postcode area
Fishermans Walk, E14 Fishermans Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Garford Street, E14 Garford Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Hale Street, E14 Hale Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Harbour Way, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Harrow Lane, E14 Harrow Lane is a road in the E14 postcode area
Hertsmere Road, E14 Hertsmere Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Horizon Building, E14 The Horizon Building
Jeremiah Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Kemps Drive, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Landon Walk, E14 Landon Walk is a small walkway.
Mackenzie Walk, E14 Mackenzie Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Mackrow Walk, E14 Mackrow Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Maclenzie Walk, E14 Maclenzie Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Malam Gardens, E14 Malam Gardens is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Ming Street, E14 Ming Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Morant Street, E14 Morant Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Mountague Place, E14 This is a street in the E14 postcode area
Myers Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Nash Court, E14 Nash Court is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Newby Place, E14 Newby Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
North Colonnade, E14 North Colonnade is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
North Quay Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ontario Way, E14 Ontario Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Park Pavilion, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Park Place, E14 Park Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Park Row, E14 Park Row is a road in the E14 postcode area
Pekin Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Pekin Street, E14 Pekin Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Pennyfields, E14 Pennyfields is the western extension of Poplar High Street.
Pinefield Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Plimsoll Close, E14 Plimsoll Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Poplar High Street, E14 Until the late nineteenth century Poplar High Street was the district’s principal street.
Reuters Plaza, E14 Reuters Plaza is a road in the E14 postcode area
Rigden Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Rook Street, E14 Rook Street - at first called Mary Street - ran between Poplar High Street and East India Road.
Rosefield Gardens, E14 Rosefield Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Saltwell Street, E14 Saltwell Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Scott Russell Place, E14 Scott Russell Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Shirbutt Street, E14 Shirbutt Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Simpson’s Road, E14 Simpson’s Road is a road in the E14 postcode area
Smythe Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
South Colonnade, E14 South Colonnade is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Stoneyard Lane, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Storehouse Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Sturry Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Susannah Street, E14 Susannah Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
The South Colonnade, E14 The South Colonnade is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
The Warehouse, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Trafalgar Way, E14 Trafalgar Way is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Upper Bank Street, E14 Upper Bank Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Vesey Path, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Wades Place, E14 Wades Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
West India Avenue, E14 West India Avenue is a road in the E14 postcode area
West India Dock Road, E14 West India Dock Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Westcott House, E14 Westcott House is sited on East India Dock Road
Westferry Circus, E14 Westferry Circus is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Williamsburg Plaza, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Woodall Close, E14 Woodall Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Woodstock Terrace, E14 Woodstock Terrace is a road in the E14 postcode area
Wren Landing, E14 Wren Landing is a road in the E14 postcode area

NEARBY PUBS
Railway Tavern The Railway Tavern was generally known as Charlie Brown’s.


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Poplar

Poplar - site of the first air raids.

Poplar is a historic, mainly residential area of East London. The district became the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar in 1900 - abolished in 1965 and absorbed into Tower Hamlets. The district centre is Chrisp Street Market. Poplar contains notable examples of public housing including the Lansbury Estate and Balfron Tower.

Although many people associate wartime bombing with The Blitz during World War II, the first airborne terror campaign in Britain took place during the First World War.

Air raids in World War One caused significant damage and took many lives. WWI German raids on Britain caused 1413 deaths and 3409 injuries. Air raids provided an unprecedented means of striking at resources vital to an enemy’s war effort. Many of the novel features of the war in the air between 1914 and 1918—the lighting restrictions and blackouts, the air raid warnings and the improvised shelters—became central aspects of the Second World War less than 30 years later.

The East End of London was one of the most heavily targeted places. Poplar, in particular, was struck badly by some of the air raids during the First World War. Initially these were at night by Zeppelins which bombed the area indiscriminately, leading to the death of innocent civilians.

The first daylight bombing attack on London by a fixed-wing aircraft took place on 13 June 1917. Fourteen German Gotha G bombers led by Squadron Commander Hauptmann Ernst Brandenberg flew over Essex and began dropping their bombs. It was a hot day and the sky was hazy; nevertheless, onlookers in London’s East End were able to see ’a dozen or so big aeroplanes scintillating like so many huge silver dragonflies’. These three-seater bombers were carrying shrapnel bombs which were dropped just before noon. Numerous bombs fell in rapid succession in various districts. In the East End alone 104 people were killed, 154 seriously injured and 269 slightly injured.

The gravest incident that day was a direct hit on a primary school in Poplar. In the Upper North Street School at the time were a girls’ class on the top floor, a boys’ class on the middle floor and an infant class of about 50 students on the ground floor. The bomb fell through the roof into the girls’ class; it then proceeded to fall through the boys’ classroom before finally exploding in the infant class. Eighteen students were killed, of whom sixteen were aged from 4 to 6 years old. The tragedy shocked the British public at the time.

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Poplar DLR station was opened on 21 August 1987, originally with just two platforms, being served only by the Stratford-Island Gardens branch of the DLR. As the DLR was expanded eastwards, the station was extensively remodelled, given two extra platforms and expanded.


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Poplar (1910)
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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1 Cabot Square
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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Poplar (1910)
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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1 Cabot Square
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East India Road, Poplar It takes it name from the former East India Docks and its route was constructed between 1806 and 1812 as a branch of the Commercial Road. The road begins in the west at Burdett Road and continues to the River Lea bridge in the east in Canning Town.
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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Castor Street Chinese Laundry, Limehouse While Chinese laundries first began to appear in Britain in Liverpool at the turn of the 20th century, one of the first in London was that run by Hop Lee in Castor Street. The Chinese moved into laundries as they were often denied other business opportunities. They were often successful because they offered a cheaper and better quality service than existing laundries.
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Rook Street, Poplar decorated with flags, shrines and a banner in preparation for a Catholic procession, September 1914.
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A line of Vauxhall cars in front of an old masonry warehouse awaiting export shipment at West India Dock on 12 June 1935.
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