Welcome to A New Home in Canning Town

About Us

A New Home in Canning Town was a community heritage project which involved research and the collection of oral histories by local people, volunteers, and university students, and the support of heritage staff from Newham Archives and other organisations. It culminated in exhibitions at three Newham venues in 2014 and 2015. Read more 


The migrants who moved to Canning Town after the First World War included Caribbean, African and Asian ex-service men and mariners. They settled with their local wives and families, alongside English, Irish and German residents in a part of Canning Town that came to be known as ‘ Draughtboard Alley’. Read more 

Local Stories

My parents, Donald Gocke and Susan Rickard, were born and brought up in the Canning Town area in the 1920s, up to and through World War II.

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Walter and Louise Eagle (my nan and granddad) married in 1899 and probably lived in Catherine Street most of their married lives and had 9 children.

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In 1811, Tommy’s great-great-grandfather James Spring, a British subject, arrived in London from the Caribbean.

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