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Sunday, March 26, 2017

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.

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.

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