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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).

A hundred years ago the first women won the vote, thanks to the fight and sacrifice of the suffragettes.

To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote on Tuesday, next week’s paper will be a special women’s edition.

To kick-start the celebrations, Hayley Anderson delves into the history of the suffragettes and their role in history.

As women march the streets of London for gender equality and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage gets ever closer, the East End Women’s Museum, which aims to “balance the history books”, starts to take shape in.

Hayley Anderson finds out more.

Havering residents are rekindling an old flame this Valentine’s Day, with a romantic movie night set to take place at an historic former cinema.

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

Mardyke Farm may have been responsible for the poet’s death, says Prof Ged Martin

The National Trust is urging any past or present Havering residents to share their memories of Rainham Hall during the 60s.

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

The creation of the National Health Service in 1948 was not universally welcomed, as Prof Ged Martin discovered

A tale of incompetence, selfishness and denial – Prof Ged Martin looks at what happened to the town’s financial institution

A new memorial will be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park to remember the soldiers who trained there.

Hare Hall, Gidea Park, was a mansion which eventually became the Royal Liberty School. Prof Ged Martin looks at its history

Street lamps are something we now take for granted but Richard Loveard looks at how they have changed over the past 200 years.

A hundred years ago, with many Havering men away at war, the festive season was very different reports Prof Ged Martin

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

The National Trust is objecting to a developer’s proposal to build houses and apartments on the site of a former library.

A huge sub-continent, India has 22 major languages, many complex alphabets, and 1.3 billion people. Two elements underpin political unity – modern technology, and the use of English as a common language.

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