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Welcome to ‘Plumstead Stories.’


It is with utmost sadness that I must inform you that Colin had died suddenly on 10th April 2013. He was suffering from Lung cancer but was expected to have many months left, however the tumour ruptured and even though he was already in hospital under close observation, the bleeding could not be controlled and he passed away.
I will be keeping this website alive indefinately in his memory and so others can share what he achieved.
Colin had all the material for a fourth book which he was hoping to produce before he died.  I'd like to think that I can one day get all the material onto the website, but I wouldn't hold your breath for this happening any time soon!

Pete Cowley
Colins flatmate and friend

 

Common Folk is the first book in the series.

Now presenting the latest book:

More Common Folk

More Common Folk is another huge book packed full with early stories and photographs that tell and depict what life was like in those bygone far off days living in the Plumstead & Woolwich and nearby districts.

Stories of childhood memories, of long summer days, of old school days, of friends and family, as told from ordinary folks early recollections.

Stories also about those terrible WWII years and its affects on the folk living in the Plumstead/Woolwich and nearby districts during those fearful days.

Stories, some funny, some sad, some about happy times and other times, stories sprinkled with lots of nostalgia and told with much fondness.

How to purchase the book:

The costs, which includes postage & packaging are:

New Zealand $30.00

Country

Airmail

Europe (Euros)
37.00 (6-10 days)
U.K. (Pounds Sterling)
32.00 (6-10 days)
Canada (Dollars)
45.00 (6-10 days)
U.S.A. (Dollars)
43.00 (6-10 days)
Australia (Dollars)
32.00 (3-6 days)

Prices above current from 1 October 2011

Payment can only be made by:

- Personal or bank cheque (in YOUR currency) payable to P Cowley

- PayPal to pcowley@paradise.net.nz

- Cash (but it is at your risk!)

Send Cheques or Cash to:
‘Stories’
1/30A Dunns Street
Silverstream, Upper Hutt 5019
New Zealand



I CANNOT ACCEPT POSTAL MONEY ORDERS!!


Also available, my original book ‘Common Folk’ is now in its original two separate books, Volume 1 and Volume 2.
These two large separate volumes are packed with lots of early stories and photos.

'Common Folk’ is a nostalgic look back in time through a large collection of stories and photographs, to a time when life was a lot slower but also, all too often, a lot harder. When it was harder to make ends meet, the depression, the war years, rationing, and poverty but also stories of happier times, when folk got by on much less and appreciated things a lot more.

These three large books are documenting important pieces of social history.

I have printed these books myself to keep costs down to a minimum these big books are still very reasonably priced, even though I have to post them from New Zealand.

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How to purchase the books:

The costs, which includes postage & packaging are:

New Zealand $50

Country
Airmail
Europe (Euros)
48.00 (6-10 days)
U.K. (Pounds Sterling)
43.50 (6-10 days)
Canada (Dollars)
70.00 (6-10 days)
U.S.A. (Dollars)
65.00 (6-10 days)
South Africa (Rand)
536.00 (6-10 days)
Australia (Dollars)
52.00 (3-6 days)

Prices above revised on 29 September 2009 due to exchange rate changes.

Payment can only be made by:

- Personal or bank cheque (in YOUR currency) payable to P Cowley

- PayPal to pcowley@paradise.net.nz

- Cash (but it is at your risk!)

Send Cheques and Cash to:
‘Stories’
1/30A Dunns Street
Silverstream, Upper Hutt 5019
New Zealand



I CANNOT ACCEPT POSTAL MONEY ORDERS!!

Each two volumebook measures 20 cm wide x 26.5 cm high x 4 cm thick.

The book weighs 1.70 Kg and are soft cover and all images are in black and white.

These are the estimated delivery times from New Zealand



Useful links are:

Wikipedia entry for PLUMSTEAD

We are very much indebted to the Plumstead Common Environment Group (www.pceg.co.uk) for their very generous donation of stories from folk's reminiscences.

Another excellent web site to visit with information on past & present news about Plumstead is wyngrant.tripod.com

Royal Arsenal Association

Hospital Histories

Greenwich Heritage Centre

Kent Online Parish Clerks (mainly for family history information in Plumstead area)

Woolwich London Footprints

Woolwich Dockyard History

Co-op Movement History Go to the publishers web site then click on “Search” then scroll down and click on “LABOUR HISTORY: Series Two: Minute Books & Papers” then select which years you want to read about.

Click here for information on the Princess Alice Disaster from the Thames Police Museum. (many thanks to Lorna Chudasama for the link)

http://www.southlondonguide.co.uk/woolwich/history.htm This starts with Saxon Woolwich “Woolwich may have meant Oport from which wool was shipped.” then goes on with historic dates from 1380 (Ferry recorded at Woolwich) to 2001 (Museum of Artillery moved from Rotunda to Firepower in Royal Arsenal). - Lorna Chudasama.

London Gardens Online - Rockliffe Gardens - a view of Rockcliffe Gardens.

Shooters Hill - Learn more about this area of our historical and very distinct hill.

Comedy on the Common - Comedy on the Common is recommended by Time Out and local blog sites - Plumsteadshire and Planet Plumstead - and the Plumstead Common Environment Group. Top acts such as Reginald D Hunter (Have I Got News for You) and Bob Mills have performed at the club. The local area has been lacking in entertainment for some time and Comedy on the Common hopes to bridge the gap.

www.londonslostrivers.com - This website has been created to promote the book of London's Lost Rivers (contrary to my Derelict London book which was created to follow on from the website of the same name)

www.derelictlondon.com - "For fans of the capital's hidden underbelly, these abandoned and derelict buildings carry a melancholy poignancy"

www.derelicteurope.com - This really is a ramshackle selection of snaps that I have taken over the last couple of years when out and about in the UK and Europe which I thought that I would share with you. Enjoy!!


Thank you for visiting ‘Plumstead Stories’.

I am very much indebted to my friend Peter Cowley, whom, without his continued help and assistance and his computer skills and know how, this book web site could not have been developed, constantly added to, maintained and upgraded.

I am also very indebted to Allan Dewar for his invaluable assistance in proof reading and correcting of all the stories.

Many thanks also to Lorna Chudasama for her many invaluable contributions and sourcing of photos and facts etc., for the web site.

Please note;
If you spot any errors, typos, mistakes etc. anywhere amongst the many items and stories featured on my web site, however small, please contact me and let me know. It will be greatly appreciated.

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