St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15

 What Was Happening ?

At St John's
In & Around Stratford
In The Church
In The World

Thomas Stevens (later First Bishop of Barking) becomes vicar of St John's.

John Percy Noyes, curate at St. John's (to 1892)
West Ham becomes a County Borough.

Woolwich Free Ferry service inaugurated

Mansfield House Settlement, Plaistow, founded

West Ham Park board school (Park Primary School), Eleanor Road, opened
Dock Strike - workers win right to pay of 6 pence per hour

London County Council formed.

Benjamin Harrison is elected president in America.

New Years Day - 26 children die in a fire at the Forest Lane Industrial School

The enlarged 'West Ham, Stratford and South Essex Dispensary' re-opened as 'The West Ham, Stratford and South Essex Hospital and Dispensary'

Actor Stanley Holloway born in Manor Park
John Wogan Festing succeeds as second Bishop of Colchester.
Chief Sitting Bull is shot dead by Indian police in the process of being falsely arrested.

St. John's Parish has a population of 13,355 and 2,187 'Inhabited Houses' according to the Census returns (an average of 6 people per houshold).
Christchurch Parish has a population of 11,400 and 1,546 'Inhabited Houses' (an average of 7 people per houshold).
Population of West Ham reported as 204,903 on the Census.

St Thomas, Rokeby Street becomes separate parish

Vaughan Road Mission opened

Chandos Road Mission opened

G.E.R. Railway Works at Stratford build a steam locomotive in the unsurpassed record time of 9 hours 47 minutes.
London and Paris are linked by telephone.

In Russia, construction begins on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

George Walter Crook, Curate at St. John's (to 1897)
General Election:
Archibald Grove, Liberal, West Ham North.
James Keir Hardie, Independent Labour, West Ham South.
William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal) becomes Prime Minister

Grover Cleveland is re-elected as US president.

Frank Weston (external link) became Deacon of Holy Trinity Mission Church, Oxford Road

A new wing is added to 'The West Ham, Stratford and South Essex Hospital and Dispensary' and it is renamed simply 'West Ham Hospital'

Christ Church, Earlham Grove, founded by seceders from Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate, who disliked the ritualism of the vicar.
Lady Margaret Scott wins the first Women's Golf Championship held at Royal Lytham.

In France, the first car registration plates are issued along with the first driving licenses and the first parking restrictions.

Rev William Vavasour Mason, B.A., curate at St Johns Kellys Trade Directory - External Link - (to 1897)
Leyton Road Mission opened by St. Pauls, Stratford

Presbyterian Church of Wales opened a chapel in Romford Road, on the corner of Tavistock road.
Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (Liberal) becomes Prime Minister

Found guilty of selling military secrets, Alfred Dryfus is sent to Devil's Island.

The first motor show opens in Paris.

Rev. Thomas Stevens made Archdeacon of Essex.
Ward Road Mission renamed St Aidan Mission Church

Thames Iron Works football club founded.

General Election:
Ernest Gray, Conservative, West Ham North.
George Edward Banes, Conservative, West Ham South.
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative) becomes Prime Minister

Louis Pasteur dies.

Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest' opens in London.

The first celluloid film was publicly screened in Paris, a short by Auguste and Louis Lumiere.

Rontgen makes the first x-ray.

Rev Vincent Smith, A.K.C.L., was curate at St Johns Kellys Trade Directory - External Link -

Rev William Brown, B.A., was curate at St Johns Kellys Trade Directory - External Link -

Frederick John King curate at St. John's (to 1901)
Frank Weston leaves Holy Trinity Mission Church to work at St. Matthew's, Westminster. (later 4th Bishop of Zanzibar & 1st President of the Anglo-Catholic Congress)

Borough Theatre, Stratford opens.

The National Telephone Co. opens an exchange at Stratford.
The first modern Olympic games was held in Athens.

London's first parking ticket is issued.

The North Country gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory.

Alfred Schönberg, curate at St. John's (to 1901)
Vaughan Road Mission rebuilt and dedicated as St Matthews, it becomes a separate parish.

Water Lane board school opened.

Blackwall Tunnel opened.
Queen Victoria celebrates Diamond Jubilee (60 years)

The Tate Gallery opens in London.

William McKinley is elected US president.

Population of West Ham estimated at 287,000.

A public electricity supply service is established

Labour Group gain political control of West Ham, forming the first socialist Council in Britain

West Ham Technical Institute opened.

Empire Theatre, Stratford, opens.
The Bishop of St Albans' Fund publishes a 'Handbook to the Barking Deaneries' to describe, and to plead the needs of, 'London over the Border'.
Britain leases Hong Kong from China for 99 years.

The 'Maine' is sunk in Havana harbour, marking the start of the Spanish-American War.

The Municipal Alliance formed against the wastefulness of the Socialist local council.

First Council housing built.

Passmore Edwards Museum opened in Romford Road.
The outbreak of the second Boer War.

James Cagney is born.

The first death by motorcycle crash in Britain is recorded.

'O Solo Mio!', is published.

Henry Frederick Benwell, Curate at St. John's (to 1901)
Vicarage Lane Mission opened by St Matthews Church

The Deaf and Dumb School opened in Water Lane

West Ham United Football Club founded (was Thames Iron Works team).

Municipal Alliance gain political control of West Ham
The Metro in Paris opens.

The British under Kitchener take Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Bloemfontein.

The Boxer Rebellion begins in China.

In Germany, the Zeppelin makes its maiden flight

The New Century is celebrated Worldwide

Thomas Stevens becomes the first Bishop of Barking.
Ralph Nicholson becomes vicar of St John's

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