Waltham Forest History and Heritage Network

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It's not quite *our* local paper but the Stratford Times and South Essex Gazette has now been part digitised on the The ...
03/09/2020

It's not quite *our* local paper but the Stratford Times and South Essex Gazette has now been part digitised on the The British Newspaper Archive It's currently only covering a few years but is a start! Subscription needed unless you are able to access from a library https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results?newspapertitle=Stratford%20Times%20and%20South%20Essex%20Gazette&utm_source=fmp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new-titles&utm_content=UK+New_Titles+030920&utm_term=345715

Can anyone help with this question on Chingford Historical Society page about the family of Alan Leslie Smith who lived ...
31/08/2020

Can anyone help with this question on Chingford Historical Society page about the family of Alan Leslie Smith who lived in Glendower Road in Chingford in 1944?

Are any of our followers long-standing residents of Glendower Road? We have just had an enquiry about a former resident who died in 1944. Can anyone help? Please comment below and we will forward any responses to him.

"I am Mark de Weerd from Dongen, The Netherlands. I'm working on an article about a plane crash near my hometown. In this crash on the night of July 21, 1944, seven crew members of a Lancaster bomber were killed, including Pilot Flight Lieutenant Alan Leslie Smith. I don't have much information about him, but he lived at 9 Glendower Road in Chingford Essex. He is buried in the cemetery in Tilburg. I'm looking for relatives of Alan Leslie Smith to complete my story about him. Can someone help me ?? Kind regards, Mark de Weerd"

Sharing from another page so sorry we don't know the date.
20/08/2020

Sharing from another page so sorry we don't know the date.

Vintage photo - Leytonstone Station platform

Chingford Historical Society
15/08/2020

Chingford Historical Society

Interested in buying some of our books? We’re on Station Road at the Love North Chingford market until 4

Book now for free 'hard hat' tours on 19 and 20 September during Open House
11/08/2020

Book now for free 'hard hat' tours on 19 and 20 September during Open House

Our Italianate church looks even better in our current Italianate sunshine! If you want to come and look around inside too, you can book onto a FREE hard hat tour as part of the Open House London 2020 festival.
Have a guided tour by our community engagement officer and building contractors between 1pm and 5pm on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of September.
Please book in advance, as tickets will go! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hard-hat-tour-of-st-peter-in-the-forest-tickets-116111714263

The famous Dukes Cricket balls that are used by England Cricket and Windies Cricket for test / international matches, ar...
09/08/2020

The famous Dukes Cricket balls that are used by England Cricket and Windies Cricket for test / international matches, are made in Shernhall Street in #Walthamstow. In 1987, Dilip Jajodia bought British Cricket Balls Ltd, the company that manufactures the Dukes cricket ball, from Gray-Nicolls and moved the manufacturing of Dukes cricket balls from Tunbridge Wells to Walthamstow. Dilip specifically chooses by hand the cricket balls to send to cricket venues for matches.

The Duke family began manufacturing #cricket balls as a cottage industry at Redleaf Hill, Penshurst, Kent, England, around 1760 and continuing until 1841.

Having gained the Royal patent for their cricket balls in 1775, Duke & Son made the first-ever six-seam cricket ball, which was presented to the then Prince of Wales and used for the 1780 English cricket season.

In 1851, their triple-sewn ball won a prize medal at the Great Exhibition. And in 1881, another Dukes ball won a gold medal at the Melbourne International Exhibition.

In 1920, Duke & Son merged with John Wisden & Co, a manufacturer of cricket bats.

#WalthamForest #History #Heritage

CAN YOU HELP?St Peter's-in-the-Forest are trying to trace the family of Sidney George Spaull to get the full story behin...
28/07/2020

CAN YOU HELP?
St Peter's-in-the-Forest are trying to trace the family of Sidney George Spaull to get the full story behind his gravestone in their churchyard, and to get more details about his life.

The son of Thomas and Kate Rose Spaull of Leyton, Sidney was born in 1914, and later lived at 108 Wood Street, working as a carpenter's labourer. He married Ethel L Cooper in 1936 - who erected this headstone to his memory after he was killed in action in 1942. His official Commonwealth War Grave is in Tobruk Cemetary, this headstone is just in the style of other war graves.

CAN YOU HELP?

This headstone looks like an official Commonwealth War Graves Commission one, but it's not - Sidney Spaull's official war grave is in Tobruk Cemetary, this marker was installed in our churchyard by his wife, Ethel L Spaull née Cooper, whom Sidney married in 1936.
Sidney was born in 1914, son of Thomas Spaull, and of Kate Rose Spaull, of Leyton. He lived at 108 Wood Street, working as a carpenters labourer before joining the army.

Are there any family members who could give us a more complete story of Sidney's life, service, and how he came to be commemorated in the graveyard at St Peter-in-the-Forest?

"In loving memory of
my dear husband
Sidney George Spaull
Died of wounds in Middle East
10th June 1942 - aged 28
Time flies. Fond memory remains"

18/07/2020
Bring back Leyton FC

This might be of interest. The blurb on the page says "The main aim is to revive Leyton fc 1868-2011 and to bring football back to the hare and hounds ground which is on Lea bridge road. Now the ground is beening used as a local car park and that is bad news for local community who used to enjoy watching their local football club (Leyton fc) play at the hare and hounds ground."

Bring back Leyton FC is a new campaign group (public) that I set up to return local football back to the disused Hare and Hounds ground which is located on Lea Bridge road, Leyton.

12/07/2020
Protect Waltham Forest's Heritage: Keep Chingford Green

Waltham Forest Council are planning to demolish the library and assembly hall and in its place put a 'community hub' with 40+ flats on top. This would mean at least 6 storeys. This is in a conservation area. If the council have no regard for the conservation area status here this could happen elsewhere.

We are residents concerned that Council plans to build a high rise in Chingford's conservation area have grave consequences for conservation areas across Waltham Forest. Join us to make sure this development is designed by the people, for the people!

Chingford Historical Society
01/07/2020

Chingford Historical Society

Following our recent sad news about the loss of our president David Young we have put together an obituary which can be found on this link. Thank you to everyone who contacted us with your memories and to Waltham Forest Oral History Workshophttps://sites.create-cdn.net/sitefiles/62/7/2/627218/2020_David_s_Obituary._Proof_with_photos.pdf

Read the post below from St Peter's-in-the-Forest for a very interesting #localhistory volunteering project
18/06/2020

Read the post below from St Peter's-in-the-Forest for a very interesting #localhistory volunteering project

Are you interested in the history of your area, and doing good by reaching out to isolated people during the lockdown?

Then take part as a volunteer on our 'Feeling At Home' project! You will have access to FREE training and resources to become a successful oral history interviewer from the comfort of your own home.

Sign-up to save the past, help your community & HAVE FUN on our website: https://www.stpeterintheforest.org/volunteer

Next Thursday hear about Chingford's role in the creation of soccer football, at a virtual talk using the Zoom system  h...
13/06/2020

Next Thursday hear about Chingford's role in the creation of soccer football, at a virtual talk using the Zoom system https://walthamforesthistoryandheritage.net/2020/01/01/charles-william-alcock-1842-1907-the-forgotten-father-of-english-sport-and-his-familys-chingford-connections/

followed by another short talk about the medieval heart of Chingford, now a strange mix of walking and cycling backwater and 21st century city life - go to the same Eventbrite link.

These are aspects of Waltham Forest that you may not have suspected.

Claire Weiss from THE HISTORIC LEA BRIDGE FARM writes:"Looking back on a blog about the Leytonstone House mulberry tree ...
10/06/2020
Two centuries of mulberry history at Leytonstone House | Morus Londinium

Claire Weiss from THE HISTORIC LEA BRIDGE FARM writes:

"Looking back on a blog about the Leytonstone House mulberry tree I found I had recorded some detail of figures involved in ending slavery and the slave trade who were connected with that house. Philip Sansom lived at Leytonstone House from 1795 to 1815 and was co-founder of "Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade" society with Wilberforce and others. The descendants of Sir Thomas Buxton 1786 - 1845 (known as 'The Liberator') who formed an Anti-Slavery Society in 1823 and was instrumental in the 1833 Act of Parliament abolishing slavery in the British Empire, also lived there and he may have frequented the house. The Buxtons had family connections with the Gurneys, Elizabeth Fry and the nearby Quaker Meeting House, and also involved themselves variously in prison reform and preservation of the Forest." https://www.moruslondinium.org/research/leytonstone-house-mulberry?fbclid=IwAR1MQPjOGrD_VLyl2BYyzw09Jlgx3OxbTJ4KE76I7HTrVozaP-K2tyAsQ_s

Telling the tale of London's mulberry tree heritage through research, a survey, foraging tips and recipes.

10/06/2020
Tutorial 5: Your story - writing it & recording it

Linsey Wynton from Small World Tutorials writes:

"I am a local writer who has produced a tutorial for adults who want to make a voice recording of their life experiences on a Smartphone or write about them. This lockdown offers some of us extra time to record precious stories and it's so important to pass them on to grandchildren and preserve them for future generations.

You can find the tutorial on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/NnggO5l7dIk

I would love to hear any stories or see photographs - these can be shared on my FB group Small World Tutorials and you can like my page Small World Tutorials for updates.

My four other tutorials (aimed at kids and teens who'd like to record family member's stories) are here: https://bit.ly/2WpK26U

This is part of Waltham Forest Council's Virtual Culture programme: https://wfculture19.co.uk/smallworld

Here is a recent article about the project in WF Echo: https://walthamforestecho.co.uk/small-world-of-difference/. "

Please contact Linsey not us for more information.

This tutorial is for adults who want to write their own life story or make an audio recording of it, creating a piece of oral history. You might want to reco...

We're all missing our pubs at the moment so we thought we'd share a couple of old postcards we've recently been sent sho...
27/05/2020

We're all missing our pubs at the moment so we thought we'd share a couple of old postcards we've recently been sent showing old pubs of the area.

If you want to know more about the pubs we recommend looking at Waltham Forest Oral History Workshop's online publication 'Behind the Bar'. http://www.wforalhistory.org.uk/projects/books.html

Other sources used are https://www.pubology.co.uk/

https://pubwiki.co.uk

We're all missing our pubs at the moment so we thought we'd share a couple of old postcards we've recently been sent showing old pubs of the area.

If you want to know more about the pubs we recommend looking at Waltham Forest Oral History Workshop's online publication 'Behind the Bar'. http://www.wforalhistory.org.uk/projects/books.html

Other sources used are https://www.pubology.co.uk/

https://pubwiki.co.uk

An interesting article about St Peter's-in-the-Forest https://englandsendangeredchurches.com/2020/04/02/st-peter-in-the-...
26/05/2020
St-Peter-in-the-forest, Walthamstow — ancient forest and the birthplace of silent films

An interesting article about St Peter's-in-the-Forest https://englandsendangeredchurches.com/2020/04/02/st-peter-in-the-forest-walthamstow-ancient-forest-and-the-birthplace-of-silent-films/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

I am invited into St Peter’s with a group of local kids, who are filming the renovation for posterity. “Remember,” one of their leaders, Mark, says, “we watched those films from the 1920s. In 50, 7…

ONLINE TALK Next Wednesday 20th May at 7.45pm Lea Bridge: from Black Marsh to Gleaming Towers. Talk by Claire WeissMore ...
15/05/2020
Lea Bridge Farm, a talk by Claire Weiss Wed 20th May 7.45pm

ONLINE TALK Next Wednesday 20th May at 7.45pm

Lea Bridge: from Black Marsh to Gleaming Towers. Talk by Claire Weiss

More info here https://walthamforesthistoryandheritage.net/2019/01/31/lea-bridge-farm-a-talk-by-claire-weiss-wed-20th-may/

Lea Bridge: from Black Marsh to Gleaming Towers Using the Zoom virtual meeting system, hosted by The Waltham Forest History and Heritage Network. Free, no charge! Email [email protected] if int…

Network member Joanna Moncrieff writes about the Welhams of #Walthamstow in this month's Waltham Forest Echo. Scroll to ...
01/05/2020
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Network member Joanna Moncrieff writes about the Welhams of #Walthamstow in this month's Waltham Forest Echo. Scroll to page 15 for the full storyhttp://walthamforestecho.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Echo-62.pdf

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Chingford Historical Society
25/04/2020
Chingford Historical Society

Chingford Historical Society

After a successful virtual committee meeting using Zoom we are hopeful that we will be able to organise a virtual members' meeting with a speaker. As soon as details are in place members will be notified and information will be posted here and on our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/chingfordhist). Watch this space!

19/04/2020
Life in the Fast Lane - The No M11 Story

The No M11 Story. This feature length documentary presents the inside story of the No M11 Campaign, recounting 15 months of direct action against one of the most controversial schemes in the history of British road-building.

Featuring the music of The Levellers, Zion Train and The Clash, this film is a celebration of dignity in the face of oppression, providing a lasting testament to the strength of people-power and the resilience of community spirit.

Drawing on personal testimony and nearly 200 hours of front-line footage, LIFE IN THE FAST LANE features the battle for Wanstead's George Green, and the subsequent eviction of its 250 year- old Sweet Chestnut tree.

It re-lives the days of the Independent Free Area of Wanstonia, and highlights the celebrated rooftop protests at Westminster and the home of the then Transport Secretary, John MacGreggor.

Against a backdrop of growing resistance to the Criminal Justice Act it charts the emergence of CLAREMONT ROAD as an extraordinary symbol of cultural defiance, and for the first time tells the story of what became the most expensive eviction in British #history.

#WFHeritage #WalthamForestHeritage

The No M11 Story This feature length documentary presents the inside story of the No M11 Campaign, recounting 15 months of direct action against one of the m...

From Women Activists of East London page - please contact them not us if you can help! "Hello history fans! We hope to s...
16/04/2020
Women Activists of East London

From Women Activists of East London page - please contact them not us if you can help!
"Hello history fans! We hope to soon have some new resources to explore women's history from the safety of your own home. While we will be bringing you never-seen-before materials from our own research into East London's radical past, I'm also pulling together some wider resources on women's history. But to do that I need a little help from you...
If you have seen any good virtual tours, online exhibitions or other digital resources relating to women's history please will you share them below. I'm posting here an example from the Women's Library to show the kind of thing we are looking for."
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/lse-library

Hello history fans! We hope to soon have some new resources to explore women's history from the safety of your own home. While we will be bringing you never-seen-before materials from our own research into East London's radical past, I'm also pulling together some wider resources on women's history. But to do that I need a little help from you...

If you have seen any good virtual tours, online exhibitions or other digital resources relating to women's history please will you share them below. I'm posting here an example from the Women's Library to show the kind of thing we are looking for.

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/lse-library

15/03/2020

Message from Chingford Historical Society - Due to the continuing situation regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 and as many of our members are elderly both this week's meeting and that scheduled for April have been cancelled. The proposed trip to Copped Hall in the summer also won't go ahead.

If you haven't made it to the Lightboxes and Lettering exhibition at Bow Arts at the Nunnery Gallery - all about the his...
18/02/2020
Lightboxes and Lettering exhibition and events

If you haven't made it to the Lightboxes and Lettering exhibition at Bow Arts at the Nunnery Gallery - all about the history of printing in East London (including Waltham Forest) here are some events that might tempt you https://mailchi.mp/db8900e7ccaa/lightboxes-and-lettering-invitation-587601?e=2f9140c794

Our exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery continues until 29 March 2020 and we have several forthcoming events, details and how to book below:  

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