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Mother's family from Forest Gate (4 Generations) Father's family from East Ham (7 generations).
I was born in West Herts.
Like all of the family I'm West Ham. But unlike them not East End and have never considered myself as such.
Born in Chatham as were my parents. My only connection to London is on my Dad's side of the family, his Nan came over from Cork and lived in Deptford before getting married to a Man of Kent and moved to Chatham.
Born in the old Rush Green hospital and raised in sunny Hornchurch, I consider myself Essex. Old man grew up in Kennington then later Hornchurch, mum grew up in Collier Row. That's mostly East London if not east end but I still see it as Essex.
Both parents from Southend and grand parents from Newham. Grew up in Thurrock but was born in Los Angeles (Probably the first person to make that move!).
Never lived in East London but do feel a connection whether it be through family or West Ham.
Plastic cockney, not really too bothered about being called that as well!
Not at all east end/London myself
Nan was born in Stratford, my Grandad in Bow, Reeves Road to be exact, right behind Bromley by Bow station. He's too old to visit the ground now but can't work out why me and my dad stand on purpose when there are seats there to sit on!
They grew up on Cromwell Road and Strone Road respectively, just off Green St. Havent been back in years. Still got the dulcet cockney tone though!
Love talking to them about their memories of the old east end. This is the generation who never went further than the bottom of Green st! My nan openly admits that if she was stranded at Plaistow station, she wouldn't know how to get back to Cromwell Rd! Only lived there for 25 years
All Saints Hospital?
I've not been back to Chatham since leaving in the late 60s, but I read that the hospital used to be a workhouse and was the inspiration for Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'.
Same here mushy, born E13, lived in E13, E16, E16, E14 and still in E14 now.
But I'm proud of it
Born in Forest Gate hospital, lived in East Ham (0.3 miles from the ground) for 24 years from birth, so always been an East Londoner. Used to sit up in the loft room, looking above the pyramid roofs of my old Central Park primary school at the huge glow from the old floodlights listening 1548am commentary, then hearing the roar around 2-3 seconds after we scored
All family from Silvertown, Custom House, Forest Gate and Wanstead.
East End is a different kettle of fish to East London, obviously and also find it curious that Cockneys are strongly associated with West Ham when, I believe that it's closest to Arsenal, of all clubs.
This is how I remember All Saints Hospital, bit like St Swithins from the old Dirk Bogarde Doctor movies...
Originally Medway Union Workhouse as you say, closed as a hospital in 1999 with all services transferred to Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham and now just another sprawling housing estate.
I was born in Stratford at Queen Mary's Hospital, Bancroft Road.
The Hospital buildings have all been demolished apart from the preserved entry archway in Bryant Street.
It is now a housing estate.
Mum took me to where she lived with Gran and Grandad and they lived in Colvin Road East Ham.
Spot on. Based on location it should be Arsenal who are the 'Cockney' club but I wonder whether this has never happened because of their original Woolwich home?
I also find it curious that often the same people who understand there's a difference between the 'West End' and 'West London' in turn fail to understand there's a difference between the 'East End' and 'East London'...
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I've always understood the cut-off point to be the River Lea, the old pre-1965 border between Middlesex and Essex, but close enough!
The early years of the club, Syd King wrote about the "distinction of being the first professional club in Essex" and certainly the pride displayed by the West Ham Pals in WW1 identified with this rather than London:
I'm fairly sure my Nan was born at Queen Mary's in Stratford.
I'd love to see the area where she was born, having never ventured down there on a matchday. Is there anything there worth seeing? Any plaques? Would love to get a pic for her.
Only the archway is there now.
The Out-Patients Department also gone, that was built as a war memorial to the dead of WW1, there was a tablet but it was lost.
The last time I was in East Ham was to visit Nan's grave at Woodgrange Park Cemetery. but they had scraped all the tombstones into a large heap for new graves, so sad to see all those people names all piled up.
I spoke to the caretaker there and he said Nans grave would not be touched as it was buried deep.