Plaistow, Newham

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Coordinates: 51°31′27″N 0°01′28″E / 51.5243°N 0.0245°E / 51.5243; 0.0245

Plaistow (pronounced /ˈplɑːstoʊ/ PLAH-stoh) is a place in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It formed part of the County Borough of West Ham in Essex until 1965.

Plaistow is a mainly residential area, including several council estates; the main road is the A112, and is alternately named Plaistow Road, High Street, Broadway, Greengate Street and Prince Regent Lane. It contains relatively few shops and amenities, but does boast the historic Black Lion public house, said to have links to the infamous 18th century highwayman Dick Turpin. The Black Lion was also a regular haunt of legendary West Ham United players such as Bobby Moore in the 1960s and '70s. Essex Lodge Doctor's Surgery on Greengate Street is believed to stand on the site of one of King Henry VIII's hunting lodges.

Plaistow is currently undergoing extensive urban re-generation. Older council estates are slowly being replaced with new council accommodation. Plaistow's parent borough, Newham, is one of the most deprived in the UK, and with an ethnically diverse population; it is hoped the staging of the Olympic Games at nearby Stratford in 2012 will bring additional prosperity to the area.

Places of interest in the area include Plaistow Park, the East London Cemetery and Newham General Hospital.

Other amenities in the area include Newham Leisure Centre and Balaam Street Leisure Centre (pronounced "Baylam"). Singers David Essex, Ronnie Lane, Sandra Kerr and Jade Ewen were born in Plaistow. Joe Brown was born in Lancashire but lived in Plaistow from the age of 2. Record producer Norman Newell was born here.

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