Pavement near East Ham Station
|Population||76,186 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• Charing Cross||8 mi (12.9 km) W|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||E6, E12|
A settlement in the area named Ham is first recorded as Hamme in an Anglo-Saxon charter of 958 and then in the 1086 Domesday Book as Hame. It is formed from Old English 'hamm' and means 'a dry area of land between rivers or marshland', referring the location of the settlement within boundaries formed by the rivers Lea, Thames and Roding and their marshes.
In 1859 East Ham railway station opened and, although in 1863 the area was still being described as a "scattered village" the availability of transport resulted in increasing urbanisation, especially from 1890 onwards. The electric services of the District Railway first served East Ham in 1908.
In 1894 East Ham formed the East Ham Urban District of Essex and was incorporated as a borough on 10 August 1903. As a result of popular pressure, East Ham sought and obtained the county borough status on 1 April 1915 and remained such until 1965 when it was abolished and the County Borough of West Ham merged with its former area to form the London Borough of Newham.
The principal offices of Newham Council were at the junction of Barking Road and High Street South in the former East Ham Town Hall, a Grade II listed Edwardian structure designed by A. H. Campbell, H. Cheers and J. Smith, which included a landmark clock tower. Built between 1901 and 1903, Passmore Edwards opened the Town Hall on 5 February 1903. Most council departments moved to Newham Dockside (Building 1000, Dockside Road E16) in 2010.
Housing in East Ham consists principally of Victorian and Edwardian terraced town houses, often in tree-lined avenues.
There are many green spaces in the otherwise bustling and urbanised area of East Ham. The graveyard of the Norman St Mary's church, is maintained as a nature reserve, the largest of its kind in Greater London. Central Park (Central Park Road) and Plashet Park (Plashet Grove) are the two largest parks in East Ham, and both combine open space with playgrounds and cafés. There are also smaller play areas and parks, including Priory Park (Grangewood Street) and Flanders Field, where England football captain Bobby Moore played as a child during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Flanders Fields is currently the home ground of Flanders FC and other is used by Bonny Downs Community Association (BDCA) and other community groups.
East Ham is a multi-cultural area, with a majority of Caribbeans and South Asians, African and eastern European residents. As of 2010, East Ham has the fourth-highest level of unemployment in Britain, with 16.5 percent of its residents registered unemployed. Around 7 in 10 children living in East Ham are from low income families, making it one of the worst areas in the country for child poverty.
In the 2011 census, 90.8% of East Ham North ward was of BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) background, and 89.9% of Green Street East was BAME. These are the 3rd and 4th highest figures in all of Greater London, only behind Southall Broadway and Southall Green. The figure for East Ham Central was 81.9%.
The Wall End ward (eastern parts of East Ham) had a crime rate of 46.6 in the 2014/15 period, far below the average for both Newham and Greater London.
Newham Council running a number of subsidised or free support programs for locals such as the ParkLives scheme. Run by Coca-Cola in association with Active Newham, free activities are hosted in Newham's parks, including Yoga, Tennis, Rounders and other social sports.
East Edge Sisters WI
East Ham has its own Women's Institute group, formed in 2016. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month. A modern WI, they host activities and talks as well as running a pop up cafe at local events such as; The Newham Show  and local art exhibitions.
Bike from Boleyn
Bike from Boleyn was set up by the Boleyn community in 2016. They host a bi-annual bike ride from Upton Park to West Ham's new stadium in the Olympic Park to promote and preserve the historic, community and economic links between Boleyn and West Ham United as well as the local area and community networks. This also highlights the Greenway, London as an important Newham asset linking the East and West of the borough, and encourages cycling in the borough.
MONEGA (Resident's) ASSOCIATION The Monega (Resident's) Association has been a focal point of the area for over twenty years. It was established under the purview of Newham Council in order to manage a programme of improvements to the physical environment of the area. Its name came from what was then the Monega Ward. The Association has been very incisive in prompting local Labour Cllrs to better relate to residents, and to work with officers of the local Council on promoting services and initiatives through a members meeting held each quarter. Non-members are welcomed. Over a hundred guests have appeared before residents since the current Chairman took office. Subjects have ranged from animal cruelty, rec-cycling right through to mental health and FGM. The Association has very good relations with the Labour MP for East Ham, Rt Hon. Stephen Timms who sometimes attends. Other guests have included the Labour representative on the London Assembly, and the UKiP MEP for the area. Very popular have been the four jazz nights organised to a professional standard, with food cooked and donated by residents. In 2018 the Association received international recognition for its success in commemorating the hitherto generally forgotten role that Romania played in World War 1 by erecting a small plaque in the garden of the local Romanian restaurant, funded by Newham Council and unveiled by the local MP and the Defense Secretary of the Army, Navy and Airforce of Romania. The Association is dedicated to bettering the lives of local people and during the 2020 pandemic organised discounts in local Katherine Road shops to both support those shops and to enable people to avoid driving to and the danger of queing up in the high street. A free pick-up and delivery offer was organised for vulnerable residents and free pizza's delivered by the Romanian restaurant. A special colour newsletter was printed and paid for by a resident. Following the unexpected removal of financial support by Newham Council the Association has had to close its web site, scale down its newsletters, and survives on the goodwill of residents and its local shops. The Association is currently (2020) campaigning against Newham Council's objective of seeing their local shops turned into housing, and in saving the community's Pharmacy at a time when it is most needed.
The Greatfield Residents Association
The Greatfield Residents Association is a local residents association based in East Ham South (This area used to be an electoral ward known as 'Greatfields', which is where the name is from). Their objective is to promote the local area and create 'a sense of togetherness'. The group meets regularly and publishes a biannual newsletter, as well as being involved in local events and working with the council to encourage improvements to the area. In 2016 they also set up a quarterly craft and food market, funded by the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, to showcase local talent and diversity.
Bonny Downs Community Association
Bonny Downs Community Association (BDCA) is an East Ham charity founded in 1998 with a vision to "work together to change lives and transform our community". BDCA runs two community hubs in East Ham – The Well Community Centre and Flanders Playing Field, where Bobby Moore was discovered by West Ham United Scouts. BDCA provides a range of activities for older people, youth, children and families.
There are some local area blogs, run by enthusiastic residents, including EastBlam (a local events blog and review site) which was featured in the Evening Standard as a 'blog to watch'.
Transport connections are provided at East Ham Underground station. East Ham station is served by the District and Hammersmith & City lines. To the north of East Ham is Manor Park and Little Ilford, to the east over the North Circular Road is Barking, to the west is Upton Park and to the south over the A13 is Beckton and London City Airport.
There are numerous places of worship for many different religions, ranging from St. Michael's Church to Kensington Avenue Temple. The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene dates to the first half of the 12th century and is claimed to be the oldest parish church still in use in Greater London. It contains a memorial to an Edmond Nevill, who laid claim to the attainted title of Earl of Westmoreland in the 17th century. There are two Hindu temples in the area; one dedicated to Mahalakshmi and the other to Muruga. The latter temple was recently rebuilt with a larger prayer hall and traditional temple tower as is typical of Tamil temples in South Asia. Due to a very large Muslim community, East Ham also has many mosques. Some of the mosques include the Masjid Bilal & Islamic Centre and the Madina Masjid & Muslim Cultural Centre.
The local football club, East Ham United were dissolved in 2001. They merged into Barking & East Ham United, and the merged club was dissolved in 2006. Prior to West Ham United's relocation to the London Stadium in 2016, they were based at the Boleyn Ground, on the western border of East Ham and the eastern border of Upton Park, in the Tudor ward.
This article's list of residents may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (June 2017)
- Elizabeth Fry – English prison reformer, social reformer and Christian philanthropist.
- Idris Elba – English actor, musician, voice actor, and DJ.
- Dame Vera Lynn, DBE – singer, songwriter, and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War.
- Kano – English rapper and actor.
- Noele Gordon – English stage, film & television actress, presenter and TV executive.
- Jimmy Bullard – Former professional footballer.
- Terrance Dicks – Prolific Doctor Who writer and children's author
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