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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Scandalous Daisy, Countess of Warwick, made a brief visit to Romford, says Prof Ged Martin

An SOS reminder from Oldchurch Hospital to 250 doctors in Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster and Dagenham asked them to be even more selective about sending patients for X-ray examinations.

David Adams looks back half a century to the wrecking of one of Havering’s last stately mansions

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

In this special heritage long read, Prof Ged Martin looks at the career of Gus Hartley, the first headmaster of the Royal Liberty School.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our two-minute Met Office video forecast.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The 19th century Havering elite travelled to London on the Norwich Phenomena and the Ipswich Quicksilver, writes Prof Ged Martin

The sacrifice of a police officer brutally murdered while on duty 90 years ago this week was commemorated with two separate services at the weekend.

Fat-cats got off lightly when it came to taxation at the end of the 16th century, says Prof Ged Martin

As schools reopen for the new term, Prof Ged Martin focuses on the woman who gave her name to one of the borough’s best

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Discover the architectural gems on your doorstep with the return of an event all about celebrating the capital’s innovation and heritage.

In the second part of our feature on early 20th century footballer Arthur Jones, historians Terry Felton and Linda Rhodes tell how he went to war and died at Passchendaele.

In the latest of a series about day trip ideas for people interested in history, Prof Ged Martin looks at South Ockendon

Businessman Frederick Westgate’s 50 years in Romford made him a rich man, as Prof Ged Martin explains

Exactly 100 years ago this week, on August 27 1917, Arthur Edwin Jones was mortally wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele and died two days later.

Billericay is half an hour by train from Romford, usually with a change at Shenfield.

Those looking for a destination for a summer day are recommended by Prof Ged Martin to visit Chipping Ongar and Greensted, both of which have plenty of historical interest just a stone’s throw from Havering

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago

If you visit some of Essex’s islands on a simple day trip from Havering, you can walk in the footsteps of Vikings, says Prof Ged Martin

The great-nephew of a soldier killed during the First World War travelled to Belgium this week for centenary commemorations.

“I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele).”

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Although it’s barely five miles from Hornchurch village to the borough boundary at Noak Hill, the northern half of 19th century Havering contained both a wheat belt and cattle country.

England 400-plus years ago was not keen on free speech, as Prof Ged Martin explains

When Romford children were transferred to a Dagenham school in 1937, parents launched a mutiny, as Prof Ged Martin explains

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public – fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

In just eight years, Charles Thomas Perfect published three books about Hornchurch. Our Village, in 1912, was a series of amusing sketches about village life. A local history, Ye Olde Village of Hornchurch, followed in 1917. Finally, in 1920, came a solemn chronicle, Hornchurch During the Great War.

1957:Romford was abuzz with the news that the glamourous Mayoress of a French town was planning a return visit less than a month after leaving.

The first hot air balloon was developed by the Montgolfier brothers in Paris in 1783.

Holy Cross Church held a launch event on Sunday, June 18, to celebrate an upcoming exhibition about a popular artist who was killed in the First World War.

Abuse abounded in a 19th century parish council election, as Prof Ged Martin explains

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Days before the country goes to the polls, Prof Ged Martin looks at a 17th century election

For our final week of Local History Month coverage, we asked three local historians to share some thoughts on what they love about the occupation, how they look into their subject matters and what inspired them initially to delve into the past

In 1909 Billy Manning reminisced about the omnibus. Prof Ged Martin tells his story

A war hero who was awarded the freedom of the borough in 2011 for his work in the community has died at the age of 97.

Georgian manor Rainham Hall is one of Havering’s most delightful gems, with its beautiful features and stunning gardens. Creative programme manager Sally James tells us about the attraction’s past and present.

Seventy-six years ago this week London suffered its last major air raid. DAVID ADAMS’ father was a Gidea Park firefighter and was called to help keep Fleet Street from burning.

Havering Libraries’ Local Studies and Family History Centre in the Central Library provides an excellent starting point for you to research Havering’s history and to begin your own family history.

“We’re here to record the history of Havering, and make it accessible.”

Essex has felt its share of earthquakes over the centuries, as PROF GED MARTIN explains

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