Heritage trail is launched in Rainham Village

A new heritage trail has been completed in Rainham Village detailing the history of the area.

Havering Council has installed the 12 tokens into the pavement at selected sites in the village, which are designed to tell the story of Rainham’s past, with the main theme being local trade and commerce.

The artworks, designed by artists Amanda Westbury and Elaine Tribley, document the change of Rainham Village through medieval times to a 21st century town, the change from a rural medieval village to modern day.

The timeline of the trail starts with the influence of the shipping trade on a particular medieval resident of Rainham, through the civil war and the minting of a local coin, the early Victorian commuters, the entrepreneurial Hills and Hernes and their emporiums, through the roaring 20s and the swinging 60s to now.

The tokens have been funded by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund and are now in place in a trail along Broadway, Wennington Road and Upminster Road South.

Cllr Michael Armstrong, cabinet member with responsibility for Rainham Compass, said: “These tokens are fantastic, they look better in the pavement than I could have imagined. I am really grateful to everyone who has worked on this project and most of all to the two designers who have done a magnificent job of illustrating the moments in history.

“Rainham has gone through a programme of change recently and it’s little pieces like this that make Rainham a very special place in the borough.”