London Borough of Newham facts for kids
|London Borough of Newham|
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|Admin HQ||East Ham|
— Total (2005 est.)
|Ranked 42nd (of 354)
6,797 / km²
|Leadership||Mayor and Cabinet|
|Mayor||Sir Robin Wales (Labour)|
|MPs||Lyn Brown (Labour)
Stephen Timms (Labour)
|City and East
Unmesh Desai (Labour)
The London Borough of Newham is a London borough formed from the former Essex county boroughs of West Ham and East Ham, within east London, the name being a portmanteau word reflecting its creation while combining the compass points of the old borough names.
It is 5 miles (8 km) east of the City of London, north of the River Thames. Newham was one of the six host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics and contains most of the Olympic Park including the London Stadium. The local authority is Newham London Borough Council.
The borough's motto, from its Coat of Arms, is "Progress with the People". The Coat of Arms was derived from that of the County Borough of West Ham, while the motto is a translation of the County Borough of East Ham's Latin "Progressio cum Populo".
The borough was formed by merging the former area of the Essex county borough of East Ham and the county borough of West Ham as a borough of the newly formed Greater London, on 1 April 1965 - these in turn were successors to the ancient civil and ecclesiastical parishes of East Ham and West Ham. Green Street and Boundary Road mark the former boundary between the two. North Woolwich also became part of the borough (previously being in the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich, south of the river Thames in the County of London) along with a small area west of the River Roding which had previously been part of the Municipal Borough of Barking. Newham was devised for the borough as an entirely new name.
|Source: A Vision of Britain through time, citing Census population|
Newham has the youngest overall population and one of the lowest White British populations in the country according to the 2011 Census. The borough has the second highest percentage of Muslims in Britain, after the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, at 32%.
When using Simpson's Diversity Index on 10 aggregated ethnic groups, the 2001 census identified Newham as the most ethnically diverse district in England and Wales, with 9 wards in the top 15. However, when using the 16 ethnic categories in the Census so that White Irish and White Other ethnic minorities are also included in the analysis, Newham becomes the 2nd most ethnically diverse borough with six out of the top 15 wards, behind Brent with 7 out of the top 15 wards.
|White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller||462||0.15%|
|Asian or Asian British: Indian||29,597||12.14%||42,484||13.79%|
|Asian or Asian British: Pakistani||20,644||8.46%||30,307||9.84%|
|Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi||21,458||8.80%||37,262||12.10%|
|Asian or Asian British: Chinese||2,349||0.96%||3,930||1.28%|
|Asian or Asian British: Other Asian||7,603||3.12%||19,912||6.47%|
|Asian or Asian British: Total||81,651||33.48%||133,895||43.47%|
|Black or Black British: Caribbean||17,931||7.35%||15,050||4.89%|
|Black or Black British: African||31,982||13.11%||37,811||12.28%|
|Black or Black British: Other Black||2,740||1.12%||7,395||2.40%|
|Black or Black British: Total||52,653||21.59%||60,256||19.56%|
|Mixed: White and Black Caribbean||2,986||1.22%||3,957||1.28%|
|Mixed: White and Black African||1,657||0.68%||3,319||1.08%|
|Mixed: White and Asian||1,652||0.68%||2,677||0.87%|
|Mixed: Other Mixed||1,953||0.80%||3,992||1.30%|
|Other: Any other ethnic group||7,149||2.32%|
Newham has the lowest percentage of White British residents of all of London's boroughs. The White British proportion of the population fell from 33.8% in 2001 to 16.7% in 2011; this decrease of 37.5 percentage points is the largest of any local authority in England and Wales between the two censuses. The joint-lowest wards with White British population are Green Street East and Green Street West, both having 4.8% – the third lowest behind Southall Broadway and Southall Green in Ealing. East Ham North is closely followed, at 4.9%.
People of White British ancestry nevertheless remain the largest single ethnic group in the borough. The largest non-White British ethnic groups are Indian (14%), African (12%), Bangladeshi (12%) and Pakistani (10%). Newham has had for many decades a large Indian community. The ethnic group to increase the most in number since 1991 is the Bangladeshi community.
Places of interest
- The Hub, a community resource centre built by the local community, in Star Lane, E16, featuring up to the minute "green" features
- Grassroots, also built by the local community and another innovative green resource centre built by the community. Grassroots is in Memorial Recreation Ground, E15
- Rosetta Art Centre, situated in walking distance to Grassroots, also in E15
Newham has ten libraries (Beckton, Canning Town, Custom House, East Ham, Green Street, Manor Park, North Woolwich, Plaistow, Stratford and Forest Gate).
Canning Town Library was first opened in 1893 and still operates in the original building on Barking Road (albeit with repairs and a reconstructed interior following damage from air raids in 1940 and 1941). Its opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:30am–5:30pm, Wednesday and Sunday: Closed, Thursday: 9:30am–8:00pm.
- North Woolwich Old Station Museum. Closed in 2008.
- Three Mills, a mill complex on the east bank of the River Lee. A trading site for nearly a thousand years, the House Mill was built in 1776 and was (and remains) the country's largest tide mill. It has been restored and contains much of its original machinery including four large waterwheels, millstones and grain chutes.
There are a number of local markets in the Borough, including Queens Market, which the Council is controversially seeking to redevelop. These proposals are being fought by Friends of Queens Market.
Parks and open spaces
80 hectares within the borough are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.
- Theatre Royal Stratford East
- St Mark's Church, Silvertown The church was designed by Samuel Saunders Teulon. It was built between 1861 and 1862 after a cholera epidemic swept the district and local clergy appealed through the columns of The Times for funds to provide an architectural, as well as spiritual, beacon for the area. It is now the home of the Brick Lane Music Hall.
Shopping and exhibitions
- Queen's Market – An ethnically diverse market
- ExCeL Exhibition Centre – major exhibitions such as the Motor Show are now held at ExCeL
- ICC London - ExCeL – London's new International Conference Centre which opened on 1 May 2010
- Gallions Reach Shopping Park Out of town retail park
- East Shopping Centre, Europe's first purpose-built boutique Asian shopping centre
- Green Street, the largest shopping centre catering for the Asian community in London
- Stratford Shopping Centre, a shopping centre which includes a small market and typical chainstores
- Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford The largest Westfield Shopping Centre in Europe. Opened in September 2011.
- Newham was one of the six host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics. As a result, it has been undergoing major upheavals, especially in the north of the borough, which are anticipated to end around 2016. The borough hopes to gain many advantages for its residents during that period.
- West Ham United F.C. play its home matches at the London Stadium (formally the Olympic Stadium) in Stratford.
- The Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club has its headquarters at the Terence McMillan Stadium, part of Newham Leisure Centre, in Plaistow.
- Clapton F.C., a non-league football club, plays in Forest Gate.
- London APSA F.C. a non-league football club, plays in Plaistow.
- London Lituanica, a basketball team playing in the English Basketball League
- Thomas Mac Curtain's women's GAA team train weekly at the East London Rugby Club
The local newspaper is the Newham Recorder.
- Canning Town
- Custom House
- East Ham
- East Village
- Forest Gate
- Little Ilford
- Manor Park
- Mill Meads
- North Woolwich
- Stratford City
- Stratford Marsh
- Stratford New Town
- Temple Mills
- Upton Park
- West Ham
The borough is covered by the following ecclesiastical parishes of the Church of England:
- Parish of the Divine Compassion, Plaistow and North Canning Town
- St Luke's Church, Canning Town
- Church of the Ascension, Victoria Docks
- St John's Church, North Woolwich
- St Mark's Church, Beckton
- Parish of East Ham, Holy Trinity
- St George's and St Ethelbert's Church, East Ham
- St Paul's Church, East Ham
- Little Ilford
- St Barnabas, Little Ilford
- Emmanuel Forest Gate, with St Peter's, Upton Cross
- St Mark's Church, Forest Gate
- St Saviour and St James, Forest Gate
- St Margaret with St Columba, Leytonstone
- St Paul and St James, Stratford
- St John with Christchurch, Stratford
- All Saints Church, West Ham
Transport in Newham is undergoing a major upgrade, with the completed Docklands Light Railway and Jubilee Line Extension, with new or improved stations at Canning Town, West Ham and Stratford. Stratford International station on High Speed 1 opened in late 2009. The Crossrail scheme will also improve rail connections to several stations in the borough. The Docklands Light Railway was extended to serve London City Airport.
List of stations
- Abbey Road DLR station
- Beckton DLR station
- Beckton Park DLR station
- Cyprus DLR station
- Canning Town station – Jubilee line and DLR
- Custom House for ExCeL DLR station
- East Ham tube station – District and Hammersmith & City lines
- Forest Gate railway station – TfL Rail
- Gallions Reach DLR station
- King George V DLR station
- London City Airport DLR station
- Manor Park railway station – TfL Rail
- Maryland railway station – TfL Rail
- Plaistow tube station – District and Hammersmith & City lines
- Pontoon Dock DLR station
- Prince Regent DLR station
- Royal Albert DLR station
- Royal Victoria DLR station
- Star Lane DLR station
- Stratford station – Abellio Greater Anglia, TfL Rail, c2c, Jubilee and Central lines, London Overground and DLR
- Stratford High Street DLR station
- Stratford International station – Southeastern, DLR
- Pudding Mill Lane DLR station
- Upton Park tube station – District and Hammersmith & City lines
- Wanstead Park railway station – London Overground
- West Ham station – c2c, Jubilee, District and Hammersmith & City lines, and DLR
- West Silvertown DLR station
- Woodgrange Park railway station – London Overground
Travel to work
In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: underground, metro, light rail, tram, 23.0% of all residents aged 16–74; driving a car or van, 7.6%; bus, minibus or coach, 7.6%; train, 7.2%; on foot, 4.1%; work mainly at or from home, 1.4%; bicycle, 1.0%.
- Emirates Air Line
- Dutchflyer rail-sea service via Stratford station to the Netherlands
- London City Airport
- Stratford International station (No Eurostar trains stop)
Newham is twinned with:
- Kaiserslautern, Germany
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