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Olympic Memories & People’s Record – Audio

The Olympic Park site in Stratford was a hub of industry in east London from the mid-nineteenth century, largely due to the introduction of the Metropolitan Building Act of 1844. This act prohibited noxious trades within the city limits of London, forcing them to set up just outside. The number of noxious trades that moved to the area in and around Stratford gave rise to the name of ‘Stinky Stratford’, however with the name came many opportunities for employment and recreation. These companies gave life to the communities that grew up around them. Stratford has seen enormous change in recent years, with the decline of the industry in the area and office blocks, shops and new housing replacing them. These projects by Eastside aimed to record and preserve people’s memories of what the area was like before the massive developments.

A selection of these memories can be heard below.

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Audrey Tucker “Carry on Down the Canals”

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Maureen Thurtle talking about playing in Deason’s Timber Yard as a child.

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Des Blake talking about Hackney Speedway.

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Reg Earl talking about getting a first pay packet, and the paint in the canal.

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Joan Lowe on swapping goods.