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Saturday, June 16, 2018

This week’s column by Prof Ged Martin is about five unexpected local oddities

The indomitable John Frank Ketley was told he was attempting the impossible. But he succeeded. Prof Ged Martin tells his story

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

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

Juliana and Botilda are the first women in Havering history we know anything about. Prof Ged Martin tells their stories

Residents and councillors attended a special memorial service to commemorate the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) that fought in the First and Second World War.

Children have been learning about the Suffragettes and everything they did to fight for women’s right to vote at school for decades.

As we approach the 78th Anniversary of Dunkirk, we need to look back and remember some of those that have long been overlooked – the brave pilots that flew from Hornchurch during this crucial time in the world’s bitterest conflict.

Prof Ged Martin borrows from Shakespeare to celebrate a famous Havering factory

As Prince Harry and Meghan prepare for their nuptials today, Prof Ged Martin looks back at a Victorian royal wedding

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

As Havering went to the polls last week, Prof Ged Martin looked at an election 54 years ago as the borough was created

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

A hundred years ago plans for a chemical company could have changed Gidea Park forever, as Prof Ged Martin discovers

Whether you grab your girls or your granny, call the troops together and join tens of thousands of other women celebrating how far women have come in the past 100 years.

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

As the landmark closes in on its half century, Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of Gallows Corner

Disposing of sewage was a big issue in the area 150 years ago, says Prof Ged Martin

To mark this year’s Grand National, Prof Ged Martin uncovers an amazing story of a local race involving the top steeplechasers of the day

More than 100 years ago, 1,503 people died as the Titanic - the “unsinkable” ship - hit an iceberg and plummeted to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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

Looking for something to do in the Easter holidays? Prof Ged Martin suggests a trip to see a historic painting depicting a borough story

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

If you’re looking for somewhere to visit during the Easter break, Prof Ged Martin suggests Blackmore

A woman who travelled to Britain as part of an organised rescue mission during the Second World War, met with the cast of a moving play which tells the tale of a young woman who made a similar journey.

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

Video: Hornchurch the star in 1950s YouTube film

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Historian Prof Ged Martin unearths a 1952 documentary by the Ardleigh House Film Group

Great English landscape designer Humphry Repton died 200 years ago this week. Local historian Georgina Green looks at his life and connections to the area

An adventurer’s efforts to bring wild cat racing to Romford Greyhound Stadium was not a success, as Prof Ged Martin explains

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

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

As Havering shivered in the snow last week, historian Prof Ged Martin dug out stories of an earlier wintry storm

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

An independent food vendor fed 100 homeless people in Romford with the help of a Sikh empowerment association.

The London Fire Commissioner has met with retired firefighters who have been re-building a vintage fire engine in Romford.

A police car crashed with a 4x4 pick up truck outside of Hornchurch train station on Saturday morning.

Romford’s MP showed his support for a new project to map and preserve the historic synagogues of Europe which launched in Parliament this week.

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

Local historian Prof Ged Martin uncovers a stately home

A Holocaust survivor who lost most of her family during the Second World War, shared her traumatic experiences with pupils as part of the school’s campaign.

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

Local historian Prof Ged Martin recalls, with astounding clarity, the moment he was informed of the death of the king.

The minor industrial action at the giant Ford motor works in Dagenham didn’t grab the local newspaper headlines at first, just another dispute that I covered in 1968 as a young reporter on the old Romford Times newspaper that summer.

Five decades ago, women workers at Ford’s Dagenham factory went on strike.

A beloved period building that campaigners fought for ten years to save from the wrecking ball was finally torn down by developers earlier today (February 6).

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