In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Plaistow like this:
PLAISTOW, a village, a chapelry, and a ward, in West Ham parish, Essex. The village stands on the great N sewer of the London sewage-works, adjacent to the London and Southend railway, 1½ mile S S E of Stratford, and 6¼ E by N of St. Paul's, London; and has a station on the railway, a post-office under London E, and a metropolitan police station. The chapelry was constituted in 1844, and curtailed in 1862 and 1867. Pop. in 1861, 11, 214. Houses, 1, 689. Pop. as curtailed, 6, 714. ...
The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of London. Value, £300.* Patron, the Vicar of West Ham. The church was built in 1830 at a cost of £4, 800; and is in the Tudor style. There are chapels for Independents and Quakers, and national, British, and Independent schools; and the last were built in 1866, at a cost of £2, 500, and have accommodation for 500 children. The ward comprises the larger portion of the parish; contains the Victoria docks and Silvertown; and consists, to a considerable extent, of marsh. Real property, in 1860, £81,004; of which £524 were in railway s. Pop. with Church-street ward, in 1851, 8, 231; in 1861, 22, 337. Houses, 3, 418.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Plaistow, in Newham and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th July 2014
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