Contrary to the name, the most notable contribution to society from this area comes from West Ham United Football Club. Located on East Ham’s western border, it is here that Bobby Moore played and captained whilst being part of the team that won England the world cup in 1966. A monument to this achievement can be seen on the junction of Barking Road and Central Park Road in a sculpture by Phillip Jackson of the victorious footballers.
Of course its not all football here. East Ham has numerous parks including Flanders Field (where Bobby Moore played football as a child!), Central Park, Plashet Park and East Ham Nature Reserve, the largest of its kind in London.
All this greenery makes East Ham a charming place to live, and with a large South Asian, Caribbean and Eastern European community, there is a vibrancy of culture around and the food and shopping that entails. With most of the housing stock being Victorian or Edwardian, the tree lined streets are appealing to the eye as well as to live in. The pinnacle of the architecture of the era can be seen in what is currently Newham Town Hall (formerly East Ham Town Hall) which was opened in 1903.