Nostalgia: Havering in history on June 13, 1954 and 1994

18:45 13 June 2014

The Recorder, June 11, 1954

The Recorder, June 11, 1954


This week in history - 60 and 20 years ago.

Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, June 14, 1974Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, June 14, 1974

Sixty years ago - 1954

Three men, two of them from Romford, were sentenced for what a judge called an “orgy of crime”.

The Romford men were jailed for 10 and three years, while the other man, from Manor Park, was given five years by a court in Kingston upon Thames.

They all pleaded guilty to breaking into a house in Guildford and stealing jewellery worth £289.

Two of the men also pleaded guilty to breaking into two other houses and asked for a number of other offences to be taken into account.

A police officer said that the pair had previous convictions and their thefts involved property valued at £3,500, of which £637 had been recovered.

The judge said: “You have pleaded guilty to an orgy of crime in varying degrees involving thousands of pounds.

“It has taken the police of three counties to bring you to book.”


A Harold Hill man was fined £10 after pleading guilty to loitering on an estate for the purpose of receiving bets.

A police inspector said that after the man was approached by several the others, he was arrested and searched.

In his pockets were 18 betting slips, money, a cash book and a newspaper.


Hornchurch was close to becoming a municipal borough.

The new Labour council agreed to present a petition on the matter to the Queen.

However, there were a few abstentions.


A woman died in a road accident only three weeks after getting married.

June Ann Greenaway, of Harold Wood, suffered fatal injuries when she was knocked down by a car while cycling in Eastern Avenue, Romford.

She was declared dead at Harold Wood Hospital.

It is thought she was on her way to work when she was hit by the car.


An inquest was held into the death of a 12-year-old boy.

Sidney Jones ran into a road and was struck by a bus.

His mother Hilda saw the accident happen.

She told the coroner: “He ran into the road. Traffic was coming and I shouted to him.

“I wanted him to stop, but I don’t think he heard me. It was definitely his own fault.”

Bus passenger Elsie Braund said she saw Sidney come from behind a parked lorry.

She said he looked in the other direction, but not towards the bus.

Pathologist Dr Walther said Sidney suffered extensive internal and external injuries and would have been killed instantly.


Forty years ago - 1974

Havering Council was to take urgent action to protect victims of domestic violence and vulnerable children.

The number of suspected cases of battered babies in 1972 was 37 – a four-fold increase on the previous 12 months.

The news also came after the Recorder reported that, in 1972, there had been about 200 cases of women being attacked by their husbands in Hornchurch alone.

The council’s social services committee decided to urgently explore the possibility of setting up short-stay hostels for domestic abuse victims, save from possible closure a Hornchurch hostel for unmarried mothers and their children, and better protect children from harm.


A 26-year-old man fell 10ft from a helter-skelter.

Paul Selleck, of Alder Avenue, Upminster, was taken to hospital with a broken jaw and cuts to his face after his terrifying ordeal at the Dreamland fun park in Margate, Kent.

He also lost several teeth.

His friend David Jose, who was with him on the ride, said: “I was going down in front of Paul when suddenly he seemed to gain speed rapidly, crashed into me and then flew over the top of me. He went crashing to the bottom.

“Neither of us knew why it happened.”

Mr Jose burnt his hand at the side of the slide and ripped his trousers when Mr Selleck went past him.


A Canadian couple travelled to Havering-atte-Bower for their wedding.

Roger Pead and Pauline Brockington, of Toronto, had to obtain special dispensation from the Archbishop of Canterbury to marry at St John’s Church.

The couple had moved from Havering five years before and wanted to celebrate their occasion with family and friends.


A report into fire escapes at council old people’s homes was to be prepared after a blaze.

In May, Hampden Lodge, in Collier Row, had a blaze in one of the bedrooms.

Robert Brown, social security minister, had suggested more efficient escape routes should be put in place when he opened the home two months before the fire.


Two friends were injured when their car hit a lamppost.

Linda Long, 24, and Donald Chilton, 26, were taken to Harold Wood Hospital.

Driver Linda was kept in for four days with suspected internal injuries, while Donald suffererd a fractured skull.

Linda said: “I suppose we were lucky. I can’t say anything about the accident because I just can’t remember it.”

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