Saville Road, E16

Road in/near Silvertown, existing between 1901 and now.

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Saville Road is famous as the street featured in the credits of the TV series "Call The Midwife".

When originally laid out, Saville Road crossed Drew Road meeting the boundary of the dock. Drew Road School was situated in this ’lost’ section of Saville Road.

Saville Road is the setting for a famous photograph of the Dominion Monarch in the King George V Dry Dock, pictured immediately behind Saville Road’s dock fence. The ship was part of the Shaw Saville Line. The Dominion Monarch was launched in 1939 and broken up in 1962. It was in the King George V dock for a clean up of its bottom and a repaint.

The dock has now been partially filled in and the DLR station for the City Airport can now be seen from the street instead of the dock.

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Born here
Michael Anderson   
Added: 17 Jun 2017 15:41 GMT   

Cundy Road, E16
I lived there for about 3 years after I was born in 1946. My grandparents uncle & aunt also lived there along with two female cousins. All Andersons’. My elder sister, 5 years older than me, also went to school locally, Shipman Road School I believe. I would love to hear from somebody who still
remembers us.


Added: 19 Dec 2022 20:09 GMT   

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Born here
Added: 20 Sep 2023 21:10 GMT   

Momentous Birth!
I was born in the upstairs front room of 28 Tyrrell Avenue in August 1938. I was a breach birth and quite heavy ( poor Mum!). My parents moved to that end of terrace house from another rental in St Mary Cray where my three year older brother had been born in 1935. The estate was quite new in 1938 and all the properties were rented. My Father was a Postman. I grew up at no 28 all through WWII and later went to Little Dansington School


Mike Levy   
Added: 19 Sep 2023 18:10 GMT   

Bombing of Arbour Square in the Blitz
On the night of September 7, 1940. Hyman Lubosky (age 35), his wife Fay (or Fanny)(age 32) and their son Martin (age 17 months) died at 11 Arbour Square. They are buried together in Rainham Jewish Cemetery. Their grave stones read: "Killed by enemy action"


Lady Townshend   
Added: 8 Sep 2023 16:02 GMT   

Tenant at Westbourne (1807 - 1811)
I think that the 3rd Marquess Townshend - at that time Lord Chartley - was a tenant living either at Westbourne Manor or at Bridge House. He undertook considerable building work there as well as creating gardens. I am trying to trace which house it was. Any ideas gratefully received


Alex Britton   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 10:43 GMT   

Late opening
The tracks through Roding Valley were opened on 1 May 1903 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on its Woodford to Ilford line (the Fairlop Loop).

But the station was not opened until 3 February 1936 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER, successor to the GER).

Source: Roding Valley tube station - Wikipedia

Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:52 GMT   

Roding Valley is the quietest tube station, each year transporting the same number of passengers as Waterloo does in one day.


Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:47 GMT   

The connection with Bletchley Park
The code-breaking computer used at Bletchley Park was built in Dollis Hill.

Kevin Pont   
Added: 29 Aug 2023 15:25 GMT   

The deepest station
At 58m below ground, Hampstead is as deep as Nelson’s Column is tall.

Source: Hampstead tube station - Wikipedia

Kevin Pont   
Added: 29 Aug 2023 15:15 GMT   

Not as Central as advertised...
Hendon Central was by no means the centre of Hendon when built, being a green field site. It was built at the same time as both the North Circular Road and the A41 were built as major truck roads �’ an early example of joined up London transport planning.


Brick Lane Music Hall Brick Lane Music Hall is located in the former St Mark’s Church, Silvertown.
London City Airport London City Airport (LCY) is located within the Royal Docks, London Borough of Newham.

Ben Tillet Close, E16 Ben Tillet Close runs off Newland Street.
Camel Road, E16 Camel Road leads off Hartmann Road.
Connaught Road, E16 Connaught Road is a road in the E16 postcode area
Constance Street, E16 Constance Street is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Drew Road, E16 Drew Road now forms the southern boundary of London City Airport.
Factory Road, E16 Factory Road is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Hartmann Road, E16 Hartmann Road is the access road to London City Airport.
Holt Road, E16 Holt Road is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
International House, E16 International House is a building on Constance Street.
Keiller House, E16 Keiller House is sited on Kennard Street.
Kennard Street, E16 Kennard Street is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Leonard Street, E16 Leonard Street is a road in the E16 postcode area
Lord Street, E16 A street within the E16 postcode
Muir Street, E16 Muir Street is a road in the E16 postcode area
Newland Street, E16 Newland Street is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Oriental Road, E16 Oriental Road is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Parker Close, E16 A street within the E16 postcode
Parker Street, E16 Parker Street is a road in the E16 postcode area
Rawsthorne Close, E16 Rawsthorne Close is a road in the E16 postcode area
Sheldrake Close, E16 Sheldrake Close is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Tate Road, E16 A street within the E16 postcode
Winifred Street, E16 Winifred Street is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Wythes Road, E16 Wythes Road is one of the streets nearby London City Airport.


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Despite its argentine name, Silvertown is where Mr Tate and Mr Lyle (who never got on) have a sugar factory.

In 1852 S.W. Silver and Co moved to the area from Greenwich and established a rubber works, originally to make waterproof clothing. This subsequently developed into the works of the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Cable Company, which constructed and laid many submarine cables. By the 1860s a number of manure and chemical works and petroleum storage depots had been set up.

Sugar refiners in the area were joined in by Henry Tate in 1877 and Abram Lyle in 1881, whose companies merged in 1921 to form Tate & Lyle. Prior to the merger, which occurred after they had died, the two men were bitter business rivals, although they had never met in person. Tate & Lyle still have two large refineries in the area.

On 19 January 1917 parts of Silvertown were devastated by a massive TNT explosion at the Brunner-Mond munitions factory, in what is known as the Silvertown explosion. Seventy-three people died and hundreds were injured in one of the largest explosions ever experienced in the British Isles.

In the early twentieth century the area suffered greatly from road congestion due to being located between the Thames and the Royal Docks, then the largest and one of the busiest dock groups in the world. The area was cut off for much of the time by lifting bridges over dock entrances, and by level crossings which were closed for up to three quarters of each hour by train movements. This led in the early 1930s to the construction of the elevated Silvertown Way, one of the earliest urban flyovers.

On the first night of The Blitz, Tate and Lyle's sugar refinery, John Knight's Primrose Soapworks, and the Silvertown Rubber Works were all badly damaged by bombing.

Silver's was eventually taken over by the British Tyre and Rubber Co, later known as BTR Industries. The site closed in the 1960s and is now the Thameside Industrial Estate.[7]
Another major local employer was the Loders and Nucoline plant at Cairn Mills, a traditional port oleo industry and formerly part of Unilever. This originally milled seeds but later concentrated on production of fats from palm kernel oil.

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Brick Lane Music Hall in the former parish church of St Mark, North Woolwich Road, Silvertown (2015)
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Camel Road, Silvertown (2013)
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Perhaps a Belgian beach...

London City Airport at sunset (2017)
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London City Airport c.2010
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