Saturday, April 4, 2020

Professor Ged Martin suggests how to find out what your area looked like in days gone by.

We might not be able to visit Upminster Windmill right now, but we can still admire the historic building from afar

Stories in the news this week 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Prof Ged Martin looks at the way Essex people spoke 100 years ago

Prof Ged Martin suspects there were mighty disagreements among Havering’s prominent residents when they rebuilt their church in the 1870s

Prof Ged Martin looks at the ups and downs of a 16th century clergyman

Prof Ged Martin follows an unstable young Frenchman from Romford to the gallows

Prof Ged Martin looks at the life of Tyrrell Burgess

As the country braces itself for the Covid-19 virus, Professor Ged Martin looks at how Havering faced health crises in the past.

The National Trust is hoping to turn a historic bakehouse building at the Grade II listed Rainham Hall into a second-hand community bookshop, planning documents have revealed.

Prof Ged Martin remembers a Harold Wood personality

A pair of terret rings which are the first of their kind to ever be found in the UK are among a collection of rare objects discovered in Rainham and about to go on display in east London.

Choosing an Anglican cathedral for Essex revealed a lot about how people thought about their county – and a little about clerical politicking as well, says Prof Ged Martin

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Prof Ged Martin probes some puzzles in a corner of Harold Wood

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and to celebrate we would like to share readers’ memories.

What do Havering’s pub names tell us about our area? Prof Ged Martin explains

Prof Ged Martin looks at the career of Mary Benton, the cross-dressing headmistress called “the brigadier-general”

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Even in the 20th century, Havering village was dominated by gentry and parsons, says Prof Ged Martin.

Prof Ged Martin looks at a disputed Havering election nearly 200 years ago

Heritage: A saucy song at Harold Wood

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Prof Ged Martin shows how a song in poor taste forced the question: What sort of community was Harold Wood?

Prof Ged Martin tells how a pioneer feminist helped shape a Romford housing development

Following last week’s general election, Prof Ged Martin recalls pretend polls at a Havering school.

Visitors to Rainham Hall can shout bah humbug as they step back into the Victorian era to celebrate the Georgian townhouse being part of BBC’s A Christmas Carol.

Prof Ged Martin recalls how Elm Park turned out to cheer a famous woman pilot

Prof Ged Martin looks at an epidemic of doggerel that engulfed our area a century ago

Harold Hill paid its respects for Remembrance on Sunday, November 10 with a procession from St George Church to the memorial for an outdoor service led by the Reverend Shaun Moore.

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Prof Ged Martin introduces Anne Frith, who lived in an era when wealth could not keep out death

Hundreds of residents joined a Remembrance Day parade through the streets of Upminster on Sunday, November 10.

A First World War exhibition in Hornchurch enabled visitors to learn more about the borough’s role during the war while paying their respects to fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

Elm Park residents were greeted with sunny weather for this year’s Remembrance Day parade and service.

Following the success of Harold Wood’s first Remembrance Day service last year residents gathered again at the war memorial to pay their respects.

Residents gathered for a “poignant and meaningful” Remembrance Day service and parade in Romford.

Hundreds of Hornchurch residents turned out in crisp November sunshine this morning to honour the memories of generations of service men and women who have given their lives for our country.

Prof Ged Martin looks at a Rainham door that dates from the time of the Peasants’ Revolt

The family of a soldier who died during the Second World War were amazed to discover that for years a French family had been tending to his grave after they learned of the circumstances of his death.

Prof Ged Martin describes the heavily loaded horse-drawn wagons that travelled through the

night carrying produce to London’s markets

The story of local boys who spent the summer of 1941 camping in an Essex village is told by Prof Ged Martin

Prof Ged Martin looks at a school project that aimed to study the Romford area

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

A group of knitters have embarked on a major challenge to create more than 800,000 poppies to remember fallen soldiers.

The largest Bronze Age archaeological find London has ever seen will go on display next year – and it was all discovered on a building site in Rainham.


The Romford Film Festival kicks off from May 6. Over six days they’ll show 120 films and offer audiences the chance to meet with the filmmakers and producers.

2020 has been described as the “defining year of climate action.”

Your new home extension is bursting with potential, but you may benefit from a helping hand to know how to get the most out of it.

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