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Most of us regard fox-hunting as a cruel pastime, but 150 years ago it was a major part of country life – and Havering was still very rural.

Prof Ged Martin invites us to join Essex Hunt on a February afternoon in 1863 as they gather at Kelvedon Hatch, near Brentwood.

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

Prof Ged Martin reveals his theory about the 448 historical coins dug up in 1938

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

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

Hundreds of people have voiced their opposition to an “appalling” development which would “destroy the character” of a town.

A £250,000 town centre project will act as a “focal point” and be a major part of bringing back Romford Market to the heart of the community.

An extraordinary search has begun to trace relatives of a football legend 100 years after his death, so his name can be added to a First World War memorial.

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

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

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

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

From landscape country shots to back garden snaps, the Hornchurch Photographic Society has been a crucial hub for amateur enthusiasts since 1936. Three of the group’s members share with Niall Joyce what is special about the club to them

If you travel Romford’s inner by-pass, you’ll glimpse Linden Street, a quiet side road squeezed alongside St Edward’s Way. It recalls a tragedy, 75 years ago, that marked the end of UK world power.

John Parker was a Labour MP for 48 years. Public school and Oxford educated, Parker was not a typical Labour man. But he spoke up for his constituents, raising local issues in House of Commons questions.

An art club has paid tribute to one of its most cherished members, who passed away last month at the age of 87.

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

Army veterans, the deputy mayor and the Romford community turned out in force to pay their respects to fallen British troops at a service for Remembrance and Armistice Day.

An Afghanistan veteran hopes people will spare a thought for his brothers in arms this Remembrance Day.

At 11am today – Armistice Day – Havering residents will stop and remember those who have died while serving in the armed forces.

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

Confusion has emerged over a new planning application submitted by a supermarket chain Lidl over the demolition of a former bingo hall and historic cinema.

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

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

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

Battle of Hastings, 1066. It’s the one date everybody’s supposed to know. Friday October 14 (today) marks 950 years since the battle that changed English history.

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

The descendants of a young soldier killed 100 years ago in the Battle of the Somme have paid tribute to him.

A long-awaited memorial plaque to a Pc murdered in the line of duty 89 years ago today was finally unveiled this weekend.

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

Campaigners lined the high street in a last ditch bid to save one of London’s last remaining art deco cinemas and send a defiant message to Lidl.

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

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

As campaigners are left reeling from the news Hornchurch’s historic Towers Cinema building could be demolished within weeks, councillors on the panel which approved the plan tell Chloe Farand why they could not oppose it.

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

Plans to tear down a historic art deco building and much-loved former bingo hall have been approved by a council committee tonight.

Disappointed residents have urged a supermarket chain not to demolish a historic bingo hall after they received an artist impression of the budget store that would be built in its place.

They say every street has a story to tell and a rich, proud, fascinating and sometimes moving history lies behind some of those situated across the borough.

The grandson of a firefighter who helped to rescue 13 women from a munitions factory moments before it exploded is appealing for other relatives to come forward as the anniversary approaches.

An 18th-century house has become the canvas to some unusual art this month.

Controversial plans to knock down a historic bingo hall and expand a school have been deferred by a council committee last night.

Historian Jim Bolton has, for many years, researched the names on Romford War Memorial and the memorial in St Edward the Confessor Church.

Countries across the world are coming together tomorrow to commemorate the First World War’s bloodiest battle, which saw thousands of British men, young and old, killed and wounded – including some of Havering’s own.

An avid campaigner got an unexpected birthday present yesterday with the news an art deco bingo hall could now be salvaged and not torn down.

The last days of an “old soldier” who feels guilty after surviving the Second World War have been captured in a moving short story.

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