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Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:22 pm
by Ted
These pics document the changes in my area since 1975 (which was around the time I had my first under-age drink in The Rochester Castle). I've got no idea what other people will make of this, I'm way too close to some of the material to be at all objective.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/alandenney ... 662835853/

Re: Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:55 pm
by Adam Blake
Nice to see a poster for that gig with The Police and The Cramps. I was there. The only time I have ever felt sorry for Sting. The Cramps DESTROYED the place. One of the best sets I have ever seen. By the time The Police came on, it was, "oh yeah, this lot are playing too, aren't they? Who is this twat doing a crap Bob Marley impersonation?"

As for Old Stokey. Some great pictures. I have sent them to my ex-pat friend in Florida (the one who was Marc Bolan's next door neighbour in the 50s). I expect to hear the weeping from here.

Re: Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:09 pm
by Alan Balfour
Ted, fab. Have you shown these to Val W?

After leaving Liston Road the day before 1977 Jubilee holiday weekend I moved into a flat at 62 Barbauld Road, off Newington Green. As someone once sang, "the joint was jumpin'". I was only there six months and returned south - Camberwell Green.

Re: Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:45 pm
by will vine
For out-of-towner me it was always a bit of a trek but I used to pitch up for gigs at The Rochester Castle once in a while, and fairly regularly at The Vortex. Then there was that little basement where The Recidivists sweated manfully one hot Sunday afternoon.

Re: Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:57 am
by alister prince
Thanks Ted, I'm a south Londoner, but that hasn't dulled my appreciation of the pictures! As a committed gigster, I loved the diversity of music displayed on the flyposters in the shot of SN High St. in1979: The Cramps (studiously ignoring The Police) at the Lyceum, Rockpile at the Hammersmith Palais, Sylvester at the H'smith Odeon, Heptones and Black Stone at the Bouncing Ball in Peckham (great Reggae venue). It added a slight salve to the memory of the election result that year.
Aly

Re: Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:53 am
by MartinOwen
Thanks for the pics. I used to teach in Woodberry Down Secondary in the early 70's - so lots of familiar scenes. It was a fine mixed community with many very interesting people.

Re: Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:35 am
by Alan Balfour
MartinOwen wrote:Thanks for the pics. I used to teach in Woodberry Down Secondary in the early 70's - so lots of familiar scenes. It was a fine mixed community with many very interesting people.
One of my cousins attended there in early 60s. If I recall correctly when the estate was conceived (late 40s?) the school was "built on the estate "to cater for the needs of the children of the new tenants. Or something along those lines.

Re: Stoke Newington Since 1975

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:00 pm
by Alan
Amazing set of photos, thanks Ted and thanks Alan Denney. I've spent last 20 years working in Stokey so some very familiar characters captured here in streets we know so well. There's an unpretentious honesty and warmth in these photos. So glad you posted the link.