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History of Silvertown in 1878 Post Office directory

Silvertown Index

 History of Silvertown

Silvertown (near North Woolwich) in the ecclesiastical parish of St Mark, Victoria Docks, formed out of the civil parish of West Ham; is so named from the Messrs Silver, who founded the large works of the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Company Limited: there is an increasing population about their factories, who are engaged upon very varied and important manufactures: here are also large chemical works, also a sugar refinery, and the works of the Gas Light and Coke Company. This place is in the Eastern Metropolitan postal district, and Bow county court district and has a station on the Great Eastern Railway (North Woolwich line). Part of this place is in the county of Kent. The Victoria Docks are being extended by making a canal and dock basins, 1 ½ miles long and 600 feet broad, Messrs Lucas ans Aird, Contractors. The ecclesiastical parish of St Mark was formed in 1864 church, and comprised and included North Woolwich and portions of the parishes of East and West Ham, with a population in 1871 of 12,954. St Mark’s church, near Victoria Docks, built after designs of S S Teulon esq, is in the decorated style, with walls of coloured brick; it consists of chancel, nave, aisles and tower, surmounted by spire, with 2 bells: it cost about £8,000, raised chiefly by subscription: there are 850 sittings, all free and unappropriated: the church was consecrated by the Bishop of London, in August 1862. The register dates from the year 1862. The living is a perpetual curacy, yearly value £300, in the gift of the Bishop of London, and held by the Rev Henry James Bodily. Here is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Parish Clerk, Henry Smith
St Marks National School (mixed), Wm Henry, master
Pillar Letter Box, near Railway ststion, cleared at 7.30 & 9.35 am; 12.25, 4.35 & 7.45 pm week days only
Railway Station, Alexander Shambrook, station master
Bailey John, Factory House
Bodily Rev Henry James [incumbent], St Mark’s parsonage
Foulger George Frederick Lombe
McKinlay James, 2 Factory House
Wilton John


Andrews Joseph, grocer
Ball William, Royal Arms
Broadbent John, shopkeeper, Constance Street
Chapman, Messel & Co, chemical manufacturers
Culledge William, boot & shoe maker
Feast Thomas, contractor
Finch (Mark) & Co, vitriol, chemical & artificial manure manufacturers, Silvertown chemical works
Fisher Emma (Mrs), shopkeeper, 4 Agnes Street
Fordom Caroline (Mrs), butcher & dining rooms
Gas Light & Coke Co's Works (John Wilton, engineer), Silvertown station
Geller John, pork butcher
Glover Henry,  chemical manufacturer
Goodridge William George, shopkeeper
Goodwin William, carman
Hewitt William, shopkeeper
Horrell Harriet (Mrs), shopkeeper
Houssart Richard Vinkeles, ink maker
Howe James, greengrocer
India Rubber, Gutta Percha & Telegraph Works Co Limited (John Bailey, resident manager); & at Persanbeaumont, France; warehouses, 100 Cannon Street, London EC; 52 Castle Street, Liverpool; 35 Kirkgate, Bradford, Yorkshire; 20 Dixon Street, Glasgow & 5 High Street, Belfast
Kay Sarah (Mrs), dining rooms
Kingston George, Royal Albert
Lovelock Edward, oilman etc
Lucas & Laird, contractors
Ninth Essex (Silvertown) Rifle Volunteers (Capt & adjutant J K Creagh); orderly room, 13 Constance Street
Pierson Francis James, Railway Hotel
Price Alfd Edwin, grocer, Constance Street
Race Isaac, fishmonger
Read John Parker, cow keeper
Shambrook Alexander, station master, 32 Winchester Street
Simmons Ann (Mrs), tobacconist
Solder Casper, boot & shoe maker
Spencer, Chapman & Co, chemical manufacturers
Tate Henry & Sons, sugar refiners
Welsh Thos, shopkeeper
Welsh Thos, shopkeeper, 11 Winchester Street
Williams John, shopkeeper
Williams Thomas, dining rooms


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