By Arthur Cheeseman
The following account of life in East Greenwich - as it used to be - has been given to us by Rev. Malcolm Torry, of Holy Trinity Church, Greenwich Peninsula. He was sent it by Arthur Cheeseman, an old Greenwich resident, who now lives in the Phillipines
It was sent to him in connection with an church discussion he has organised on 11th - next Sunday - at Cafe Pura, in Oval Square - Remembering the Peninsula by Jean and Peter Griffiths, who have lived around here all their lives, will introduce a discussion about previous residential and working communities on the Peninsula, and particularly about the Peninsula during wartime. Plus input from Dr. Mary Mills
|Greenfell Street and the gasworks entrance|
|St. Andrews - this is now O'Keefe's offices|
|A tram alongside prefabs in Blackwall Lane|
Blackwall Lane used to be cobbled stones (not kind to bike riders). Blackwall Lane was cut in half by Tunnel Avenue where it ran north to the river and the gas works, the generating station, and Redpath Brown steel works. This is where the Pilot public house is next to about 6 terraced houses.
|The Pilot pub and cottages|
Where Blackwall Lane meets Tunnel Avenue there was a small cafe (forgotten the name, it may have been The Cabin) and a horse trough made from grey granite, and it used to have water in it. Next to the cafe was either the Dutch boy or Blue boy bag wash laundry. Many a time I had to help my brother Ted to push the pram full of wet washing home ( - the fight we had about who would push and who would ride).
|A celebration in Riverway - the bit of road which ran between|
The Pilot and the river - now disappeared