Wow, those are some really great images! @isaac_layish - every time I go up Angle Lane I fondly remember Angel Cottages. At one point they were on the market and I regret not going for one of them. It would have stopped that criminal of a developer nocking them down with the intention to build on the site even though they were protected!
I also agree re. the piles of mud. I watched them move them about with their diggers, month after month. It was like watching children playing in the garden with their Tonker Toys! There was a reason of course for it but from afar it seemed faintly ridiculous.
@Ben - I love those aerials and when I have a bit more time I’ll dig out a few I found of lower Angel Lane (now the Stratford Shopping Centre).
@Oat44 - Regarding the old entrances. Firstly, wasn’t that old Victorian station lovely. What a shame they knocked it down! Secondly, the 1930s entrance is still there and was in operation when I first moved to the area in 1998. Here’s a photo showing it as it is today (bottom left corner - although the photo is a few years old now):
You can also just see it if you visit Google Maps, tucked behind a coach - I’m not sure if this will work…:
There used to be an underpass under Great Eastern Road, arising where Subway and Burger King are located now. It was vile and smelt constantly of stale urine and worse. They filled it with foam concrete in the end. I can’t find a photo of it at the moment but will keep looking. Most uninspiring, white painted wood 1970s structure with big windows and wide slopes leading down (if I remember correctly).
Fantastic everyone, this is so exciting and just what this thread is for. I’ll leave you with an old image of Stratford Broadway - old postcards are great ways to collect old images and can be picked up quite cheaply if you’re lucky (50p - £1 each):
Hidden behind the tram in this image was an old underground toilet block that has long-since been demolished. When they recently relaid the paved surface they excavated some of it (I could see a white tiled wall exposed) but only for a couple of hours at dusk and it was filled in the next day.