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Reported events in Walthamstow's Past.

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Daily Mirror - Friday 07 September 1945

"BABY IS FOUND!"  FROM WINGS TO GIRL JUGGLER Daily Mirror Crime Reporter.  A slim Chinese girl was dancing and weaving through her juggling act at the Palace Theatre. Walthamstow, London, last night, when a voice suddenly came from the wings. "The baby's been found. The baby's been found," said  the voice in urgent tones.  "He's safe."  No one in the audience heard, but the juggler, Mrs. Shi Ying Nan Chueng, did and the message told her that the anguish she had gone through since her  ten-month-old baby, Shi Ying, vanished on Wednesday was at an end.  Mrs. Chueng - she is known on the stage as Della Kin -paused for just a moment and went on with her act. Then again came the words from the  wings, this time in Chinese. They were spoken by her husband, who had gone to the... Continued on Back Page.

Essex Standard - Saturday 15 September 1894

WALTHAMSTOW MAN AND HIS  FLYING MACHINE.  It is stated that Mr. T. Lewis, of the Limes, Walthamstow,  says he will undertake to make an aerial ship at a cost of £3,000 capable of voyaging from England to America in three days. His scheme is to build a machine which would float if it descended  upon water, and in which the traveller would experience  no shock if it were to fall on land. The air-ship  would bo propelled by electricity.

Croydon Times - Saturday 11 June 1932

"COMEDIAN SUED A principal comedian, James Britton, now appearing at the Palace Theatre. Walthamstow, assumed a somewhat tragic role when he was sued by Miss May Shill. an actress, of Colliers Water-lane. Thornton Heath, for arrears of salary amounting to £14. May Shill told Judge Sturges that Britton was the manager of a show in which she appeared. She earned the claimed £14 but Britton had not paid her the money. She understood that he was now earning £I2 a week as principal comedian with a production which had recently been on tour in the North of England. The money had been owing for twelve months. Mr. Britton said he had only worked 24 weeks in the past 58 weeks. His Honour made a committal order, to be suspended so long as Britton pays £4, a month.

Essex Times - Saturday 04 December 1869

I am, Sir, yours faithfully,  THOMAS CROW.  Dec. 2nd, 1869.  ST. MARY'S CHURCH, WALTHAMSTOW.  To the Editor 
Sir,— The interest which yourself and numerous  readers take in the religious and moral, as well as other enlightenment and improvement of the neighbourhood through which your valuable paper more immediately circulates, induces me to ask your insertion of the following:—The  ordinary week evening service at St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow, is on the Wednesday  evening, at seven o'clock, but yesterday it partook of a  somewhat special character by the attendance, on invitation, of the workmen employed on the Walthamstow  and Chingford branch, now in course of formation, of  the Metropolitan extensions of the Great Eastern system, together with many of their wives and families, to whom, for the occasion, were appropriated, by consent of the usual seat-holders, the larger number of the principal pews at the east end of the Church, the nearest  to the pulpit, and most favourable for easy hearing.  The service commenced with the singing of an appropriate hymn, after which the full evening service of  prayers, psalms, and lessons was read with more than usual deliberateness by the Vicar, and two additional  hymns were sang, and then Mr. Hignett, the curate of St. Mary's, ascended the pulpit, and, after a suitable collect, announced his text, taken from the 2nd lesson for the evening service—Hebrews, 7 chap., 2, 5 v. For the space of about twenty minutes he discoursed sweetly and powerfully. The whole service was truly a delight, sir I am sure all who were present must have felt it; and not the least gratifying and noticeable feature of it was the presence of, despite other official and business engagements and claims, Sheriff Sir James Valentin and hist estimable lady, who it is pleasing to see subordinating their well-deserved honours to the cause of religion.  Yours truly,  J. C.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Thursday 24 August 1939

SONGS IN BLACK-OUT An elderly woman walked on the stage at the Granada cinema, Walthamstow, London, kept the audience amused for nearly an hour with old-time music-hall songs during an electricity breakdown, and then left without giving her name.

Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette - Saturday 19 December 1896

CHURCH BELLS DEDICATED AT WALTHAMSTOW. A special service for the dedication of the new bells at the parish Church was held on Friday, and was conducted the Archdeacon of St. Albans. The old bell frame, which had become insecure, rendering the ringing of the bells dangerous, has been replaced by new frame. Meanwhile the eight old bells have been re-hung, two new treble holla have been added as a memorial of the Queen's long and beneficent reign. After the service on Friday, the bells were rung for short while and then company, numbering upwards 100 persons, partook of dinner at the Boys' National School. The Vicar (the Rev. W. B. Langhome) presided. Among those who proposed replied to toasts Were the Chairman the Archdeacon of St. Albans, the Rev. H. A. Allpass; Messrs. Andrew Marriage(of the firm of Warner and Sons, Cripplegate, E.C., who made the new bells, W. Nicholls, Shurmur, Beck, W. L. French, T. Maynard, A. W. Wilkinson, and J. J. Pearson. An excellent musical programme, arranged by Mr. Wilkinson, included selections by the Walthamstow Orchestral Band, which made its first public appearance the occasion.