Woolwich & Districts
The Woolwich Poem
following poem was written by Roger Jewiss
of Bostall Lane and Shooters Hill Schools and many Woolwich
area football teams)
pie stall in Beresford Square, The Arsenal, Siemens, Dockyards
in blue shirts everywhere, Bloomfield Road and Shooters Hill,
with engines on view Boys in blazers, ringworm caps
Garretts and Furlongs too. Poly Hall dances, decent chaps.
Co-op with their 'Divi' cheques Learn to dance in Vincent Road
Speedway, stock car wrecks Beasley's drays with heavy load
and the Scotch Wool shop Charlton Athletic in Division One
at each tram stop. Saturday morning pictures, always fun.
696 and the 698 To the Odeon and Granada people flock
busses were never late Organ music, not all this rock
Up to town
on the tram Strong man performs outside the Sally
Hemmings, filled with jam. Wish I could afford a Raleigh.
Co-op baker, horse and cart Shakespeare, jazz for your pleasure
an early start Greenberg suits, made to measure
outside the 'Who-dy' Maybloom, Engineers & the Coop Clubs
Sports Day, Punch and Judy. Lyons teashops and Beasley pubs.
patrols, Wolesleys, Humbers Manzes eels, still all alive
with low numbers Town Hall dances, mustn't jive
a radio star Ferry boat to North Woolwich Beach
and hardly a car. Sidney Ross, toys out of reach.
football on Bostall gun site Barnard's Theatre in Beresford
teaching us right Auntie's opposite, where we all meet
out to Danson Park Amongst us the Sally Army pass
home safely in the dark. A seaman home, eats a glass.
is the Woolwich that I knew?
in which I grew?
now of developers' taste,
town laid to waste.
Reproduced with the kind permission of Roger Jewiss.