Plaistow, a village, two chapelries, and a ward in the municipal borough of West Ham, Essex, 1 ½ mile SSE of Stratford, and 6 ½ miles E by N of St Paul's, London. Plaistow is within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Courts and Metropolitan Police, and is in the Eastern Metropolitan postal district. It is a thickly-populated and busy place, and has a population of 58,030. The G.E.R. has a station here on the branch line to North Woolwich, and there is a station on the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway. The chapelry of St Mary was formed in 1846 from the mother parish of West Ham, and has a population of 21,393. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £270 with residence. The church, erected in 1830, and enlarged and improved in 1890, is a small building of brick in the Gothic style. The ecclesiastical parish of St Andrew was formed in 1871 from the parish of St Mary, Plaistow. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £292 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St Albans. The church is a large building of stone in the Early English style. Other places of worship are a Reformed Episcopal church' and Baptist, Congregational, Primitive Methodist, United Free Methodist, Wesleyan, and Plymouth Brethren chapels. There are a large police station, a smallpox and fever hospital, and a cemetery of 43 acres with two mortuary chapels. The ward contains the Victoria Docks and Silvertown, and consists to some extent of marsh.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Civil parish||West Ham|
|Poor Law union||West Ham|
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