A proper explore of East Ham, and a great tour for history buffs and nature lovers alike…
Last weekend we took a walking tour of East Ham with Footprints of London, a company who run walking tours created by Londoners, for Londoners. Our guide Sue is one such Londoner AND a resident of East Ham which is WIN WIN for us… We are Explorers, yeah? We just moved to East Ham, yeah?
So off we went with Sue to learn about how they put the BLAM! into East BLAM!
East Ham station to Central Park
First stop was the tube Station. Obvious, I know, but before they put the station in (originally in 1858 but they rebuilt it in 1902), East Ham was just a weeny village of 60 people, so the station was pretty central to East Ham becoming what it is today…
From here Sue covered East Ham High street, and some of the local history… Did you know that 1950’s guitarist Bert Weedon cut his teeth out here? And that the beatles played one of the local theatres AND that our beautiful grade II listed town hall is built on a bloody cabbage field? Yeah, I KNOW!
We had a short pit stop at Tippy’s Cafe (we’ve posted about them before, keep up!) and a gossip before pushing on towards Central Park where Sue gave us a potted recent history of the park and Central park estate which was built by a local factory owner.
Central Park to Green Street
Circling up towards Green Street, we stopped on the way at Thackeray Road where Vera Lynn lived (you know ‘blue birds over, the white cliffs of dover…’) and then the tour tips to sporting history with the Bobby Moore statue, The Boleyn pub (famous on game day, but also beautiful inside with a stunning stain glass ceiling. You really should pop in for a pint if you have time…) and the mighty and imposing Boleyn Ground itself.
Final stop (via an interesting, controversial and now closed dry cleaners) is Queens Market on Green Street; a buzzing hive of local activity and source of local history. It has bravely fought off several attempts of demolition and remains a stellar example of why local people should shop locally and support their community (um, it is also the home of the one pound fish man. Yes really.)
ALL EAST BLAMMERS SHOULD TAKE THIS TOUR!
Sue is a fantastic tour guide, and source of local information. The tour made me love East Ham even more… We haven’t gone into too much detail here because we want you to support Footprints and also East Ham by taking the tour yourselves…
What: Walking Tour of East Ham, by Sue Sinton Smith for Footprints of London
Where: Starting at East Ham Station. Ending at Green Street Station
£££: £10 per person
Linky: Tickets Available for Sue’s walks here