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Billericay is half an hour by train from Romford, usually with a change at Shenfield.

Those looking for a destination for a summer day are recommended by Prof Ged Martin to visit Chipping Ongar and Greensted, both of which have plenty of historical interest just a stone’s throw from Havering

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

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

If you visit some of Essex’s islands on a simple day trip from Havering, you can walk in the footsteps of Vikings, says Prof Ged Martin

The great-nephew of a soldier killed during the First World War travelled to Belgium this week for centenary commemorations.

“I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele).”

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

Although it’s barely five miles from Hornchurch village to the borough boundary at Noak Hill, the northern half of 19th century Havering contained both a wheat belt and cattle country.

England 400-plus years ago was not keen on free speech, as Prof Ged Martin explains

When Romford children were transferred to a Dagenham school in 1937, parents launched a mutiny, as Prof Ged Martin explains

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

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public – fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

In just eight years, Charles Thomas Perfect published three books about Hornchurch. Our Village, in 1912, was a series of amusing sketches about village life. A local history, Ye Olde Village of Hornchurch, followed in 1917. Finally, in 1920, came a solemn chronicle, Hornchurch During the Great War.

1957:Romford was abuzz with the news that the glamourous Mayoress of a French town was planning a return visit less than a month after leaving.

The first hot air balloon was developed by the Montgolfier brothers in Paris in 1783.

Holy Cross Church held a launch event on Sunday, June 18, to celebrate an upcoming exhibition about a popular artist who was killed in the First World War.

Abuse abounded in a 19th century parish council election, as Prof Ged Martin explains

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

Days before the country goes to the polls, Prof Ged Martin looks at a 17th century election

For our final week of Local History Month coverage, we asked three local historians to share some thoughts on what they love about the occupation, how they look into their subject matters and what inspired them initially to delve into the past

In 1909 Billy Manning reminisced about the omnibus. Prof Ged Martin tells his story

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.

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