What Was Happening ?
At St John's
In & Around Stratford
In The Church
In The World
Stratford, and West Ham, are added to the Metropolitan Police District.
Introduction of penny post
William Henry Harrison is elected president of the United States.
Population of West Ham is 12,738.
Forest Gate Station opens.
Sir Robert Peel (Conservative) becomes Prime Minister
The first census to list every individual by name was taken.
The first issue of 'Punch' is published in London.
Enon Strict Baptist chapel, Chapel Street, later to be used as the Stratford ragged school, opened.
Frederick William IV of Prussia visits Elizabeth Fry at The Cedars in Portway.
Mines Acts forbade the employment of women and children in the mines
The Treaty of Nanking ends the 'Opium War', granting important trading rights in China to Britain.
Queen Victoria travels by train for the first time.
The Tivoli Pleasure Gardens, Copenhagen, are opened for the first time.
House of Commons Select Committee on the Smoke Nuisance recommends all manufacturers be removed to a distance of 5 to 6 miles from city centres.
Charles Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol' published.
August 20, Stratford becomes a Conventional District.
Factory Act limited working hours for women and children in factories
Metropolitan Buildings Act.
James K. Polk is elected president of the United States.
Elizabeth Fry dies at The Cedars, Portway.
First Oxford-Cambridge boat race rowed on the Thames.
Elastic bands patented by Stephen Perry of the London Rubber Company.
The Gutta Percha Co. established at Stratford.
C. J. Mare & Co. (later the Thames Ironworks, Shipbuilding, and Engineering Co.) Shipyard opened in Canning Town.
January 1st, The whole of Essex except the Deanery of Barking is transferred to the diocese of Rochester. Barking Deanery remains in London.
Lord John Russell (Whig) becomes Prime Minister
Eastern Counties Railway works established in Stratford.
Stratford to North Woolwich railway opens.
Construction of Hudson Town, now Stratford New Town, begins.
Ten Hours Act: Cuts factory work day to ten hours for women and children
Education Act Improved teachers' pay and provided money for non-conformist schools
William Hillman, founder of the Hillman Motor Company, born in Chapel Street, Stratford.
The French Revolution begins.
Chartists bring two million signatures to London demanding political and social reforms.
Cholera epidemic kills 62,000 Britons.
The patent for the saxophone is awarded to Adolphe Sax.
The Pawnbrokers' alms-houses, Woodgrange Road, built in Forest Gate.
Britain annexes the Punjab
The 'Florin', or two-shilling piece, now the 10p piece, is first minted.
Walter Hunt invents the safety pin
Christ Church National school, Stratford, built in Union Street.
West Ham Gutta Percha Co. established, on the site of the old parish workhouse in Abbey Road.
Charles Dickens publishes David Copperfield.
The Channel telegraph cable was laid between Dover and Cap Gris Nez.
William Holloway becomes Perpetual Curate of St John's