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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

17th century sea captain Andrew Branfill’s name lives on in a street name and even a school. But, says Prof Ged Martin, his business was people trafficking

With the now-lost royal palace, the Roman Road and centuries-old Romford Market part of its past (and present), Havering really does have a rich and varied history.

A father and son who deal in antique military memorabilia have unearthed one of only two known flags from the Defence of Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the festivities as St George’s Day was celebrated across the borough.

Residents of Dovers Farm Estate celebrated St George’s Day with a number of activities for the whole community to enjoy.

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

Hundreds of people walk up and down it every day know little of its history. Prof Ged Martin looks at the story of North Street

Cricketer and a force in local politics – Prof Ged Martin finds out more about a forgotten man

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

Philosopher, magician, mathematician, cosmologist, poet. Italian maverick Giordano Bruno was a true Renaissance polymath, who caused quite a stir in the 16th century.

County cricket in this part of the world had a sticky start, as Prof Ged Martin explains

The 20th century, as so many others, was a hotbed of conflict, with continents ravaged by two world wars, and smaller campaigns waged in Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf states.

There was a time when Romford had a pub ‘every fifty yards’ as Prof Ged Martin discovers

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

In 1922 protesters seized Romford’s workhouse in anger at growing poverty. Prof Ged Martin tells us more

The world wars cast the longest shadow over the 20th century, but it is a different conflict of the time which will be in the spotlight next week.

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

DAVID ADAMS explores the conflict in his great-grandfather’s life – between beer and belief

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

From serving in the First World War to winning a court trial, Prof Ged Martin tells the story of Hornchurch man Frank Drain

An MP is to call for a public holiday in June to mark the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.

When I first read about the conviction of Rush Green woman Maria Kelly for shoplifting in 1893, it seemed an amusing episode of brass-necked pilfering.

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

Every building has a story, we are told, and Georgian manor Rainham Hall’s tale certainly ignites the imagination.

On the run with a 19th century fox hunt

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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.

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