Nostalgia: Havering in history on May 30, 1954, 1974 and 1994

18:45 30 May 2014

The Recorder, May 28, 1954

The Recorder, May 28, 1954


This week in history - 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, June 7, 1974Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, June 7, 1974

Sixty years ago - 1954

The cattle market was set to move location.

Romford Council decided the site would be transferred within two years, either to the Town Yard, between the Market Place and Church Lane, or to another suitable place.

Councillors made the decision after accepting a recommendation from the Parks Committee.

Romford Recorder, June 10, 1994Romford Recorder, June 10, 1994

Labour had said the market should move out of the town, while the Conservatives argued it should be improved first.


A woman died after collapsing at Romford Town Hall.

Annie Gwendoline Davey, 57, died in Harold Wood Hospital a day later.

She had been taken home in a taxi before a doctor was called and recommended she go to hospital.

A post-mortem found her death was due to natural causes.


More than 50 members of a club came together to celebrate a couple’s golden wedding anniversary.

Residents from Harold Hill’s Number One Old Folks’ Club presented their fellow members David Sage and his wife with a table lamp.

In turn, they all received a slice of cake and the women were also given flowers.

The couple had moved to Harold Hill from Lambeth two years before. Mr Sage, 74, said: “We love it here. We wouldn’t leave the estate now.”


A budgie was reunited with its Romford family thanks to the Recorder.

Just a few hours after an article was published, the pet was back with owners Mr and Mrs Waller.

Mr Waller said: “Honours go to your paper... a million thanks.

“It was worthwhile to see the smile on my wife’s face.

“In fact I never knew that so many budgies were on the run. We had seven calls.”


Forty years ago - 1974

Nurses were set to undertake protest action in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

The employees at Oldchurch and Rush Green hospitals decided to start a work-to-rule and had already imposed a ban on all non-emergency admissions.

The nurses, who said emergency patients would still be dealt with immediately, were also angry about the closure of eight wards at Warley Hospital, Brentwood, which had put more of a strain on them.

The spokesman for the nurses, Anne Green, said: “Why should we be expected to carry the burden of extra patients?

“At the moment we are overworked and our ban and work-to-rule will mean less patients and not so much work for us.

“Our action means we will work strictly by the book.”


Fire crews faced an explosion scare when a blaze spread to within feet of 2,000 gallons of diesel oil and petrol.

Firefighters were tackling a blaze at a council transport depot in Havering Road, Romford, when it spread close to 1,600 gallons of oil. Directly below, there was a tank containing 400 gallons of petrol.

Families in Heather Avenue were evacuated and the fire destroyed a store housing used tyres.


A mother and her baby son were killed in a horror crash involving three vehicles.

Vera Lamb, 30, and her 14-month-old son Andrew, from Collier Row, were killed instantly when their minibus collided with a car and a lorry.

Andrew’s father James, 32, was driving the minibus but escaped with a gash on his arm.

The other passengers in the minibus, a couple and their one-year-old son, had minor injuries.

More friends of the Lambs were in a following car and witnessed the accident.


Twenty years ago - 1994

A father devastated by his daughter’s murder told the Recorder of his guilt at not throwing out the live-in lover who strangled her.

Brian Wisdom spoke out after Anthony Ayres, 27, was jailed for life at the Old Bailey for killing his 30-year-old daughter Dawn.

Hornchurch man Mr Wisdom said: “When we found out that Ayres had assaulted Dawn and threatened her with a knife, I was determined to go round to the flat, but Dawn pleaded with me not to and I listened to her.

“But only a few hours later Dawn was dead and I will always bitterly regret going along with her wishes.”


Two young men were seriously injured in hospital after they were thrown from their car when it collided with another vehicle.

Police were appealing for witnesses to the crash, which saw one of the vehicle’s tyres blow before the car left the road and bounced back into the other car.

The 20-year-old driver from Harold Hill suffered a fractured skull and multiple fractures to his right leg.

The 18-year-old passenger was also taken to hospital after the incident in Lower Bedford Road, Harold Hill.


The wife of a man suffering spinal cord and back injuries spoke out after Havering Council changed its mind on undertaking work at their Harold Hill home.

Workers arrived to start work on a new path for Brenda Mead and wheelchair-user husband John, but left after a neighbour complained.

A council worker told the couple three days later that the work should have never been authorised.

A spokesman told the Recorder there was a problem with a “shared path” and they were looking at options to solve it.

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