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The stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

How did Hornchurch get its name? Prof Ged Martin tries to find out

Fortunately these days few railway workers suffer serious injuries, but there was a time when they were quite common. Prof Ged Martin recounts one such tale.

An exhibition remembering the role of women during various wars is coming to Hornchurch.

Prof Ged Martin looks back at the Eleven-Plus exam in Havering

Prof Ged Martin

Was Alice Perrers as bad as she's been painted? Prof Ged Martin looks at the story of Edward III's mistress

Prof Ged Martin relates a strange episode from a Harold Wood farm a century ago

Prof Ged Martin tells the story of a controversial decision and a crime spree that ended horse-racing at Navestock.

When Lois Willoughby-Easter joined the police aged 19 she was one of the few female recruits. Sexism was rife, the beat meant being on your own without a radio, the job took you undercover in Soho strip clubs and police men and women had different roles.

Train enthusiasts were taken back in time on a beautifully restored art-deco underground train that passed through Barking, Dagenham, West Ham and finished in Upminster.

Prof Ged Martin follows two young women on their three-wheelers across Havering

An exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Second World War's famous Great Escape breakout by 76 prisoners from a Luftwaffe-run camp is coming to Hornchurch.

Prof Ged Martin glimpses the forgotten world of homeless vagrants

Prof Ged Martin recalls how a Havering childhood was changed by the advent of television.

Prof Ged Martin reveals a dubious scheme to make money out of the First World War

Ragged urchins from the slums of Bethnal Green were treated to a holiday in South Weald in 1890, as Prof Ged Martin discovers

Ettie Rout was a woman ahead of her time, as Prof Ged Martin finds out

A new exhibition celebrating 40 years of Rom Skatepark in Hornchurch will be opening at Havering Museum at the end of next month.

A postcard from a Dutch woman to her ill father at Harold Wood hospital will now be returned to the Netherlands after it took 43 years to arrive to its address.

The main stories that made the local news this week 60, 40 and 20 years ago

A postcard with a heartfelt message from a Dutch woman to her ill father who was staying at Harold Wood Hospital has been delivered 43 years after it was sent.

Campaigners are fundraising for a memorial stone to commemorate workers who were killed in an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works in 1916.

A German researcher investigating the recently discovered crash site of a Second World War Allied bomber is attempting to trace living relatives of the only pilot to survive the incident - and believes they may be living in Romford.

A Hornchurch author's new book tells the tale of her family's long journey from Poland to London's east end as they fled the persecution of Jews in eastern Europe in the early 20th century.

Prof Ged Martin examines how a pushy letter has muscled into Havering place names

On a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, scores of Havering residents came together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 in Romford and pledged to continue to fight hate and prejudice.

Holocaust Memorial Day is on Sunday, January 27 and Havering will be hosting a special service to honour both victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Historian Prof Ged Martin searches for some lost rights of way

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

Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust is hoping to raise £10,000 to open a new museum on the site of the old St George's Hospital.

Catching a train in Victorian Romford - Prof Ged Martin discovers a novel serialised in an Australian newspaper 150 years ago

Prof Ged Martin looks at a mystery community on Havering's northern border - and finds a bridge with an embarrassing history

A schoolboy whose parents died in a train crash in Gidea Park more than 70 years ago has said he has always considered himself lucky, and would like to speak to anyone who also has memories of the tragedy.

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is, for many people, a time for relaxing, visiting friends and family and picking up a bargain or two in the sales.

Prof Ged Martin tells the story of an ancient Hornchurch custom, which came to a rowdy end at Christmas 1868.

In the days when water wasn't safe to drink, even children drank beer, as Prof Ged Martin explains

Twenty-five pubs in Havering have closed their doors since 2001, figures have revealed.

Young people across the borough demonstrated their creativity in a touching tribute to the servicemen and women of the First World War by taking part in a special competition.

Prof Ged Martin tells the story of two men who helped shape Havering and beyond

When the fighting ended in November 1918, Havering's prisoners of war came home. As Prof Ged Martin reports, many had suffered a hard time

Veterans, schoolchildren, members of the British Legion, councillors and the Bishop of Barking all took part in the Elm Park Remembrance parade.

To round of this year's commemorative events in Havering a beacon lighting ceremony was held on the green in Havering-atte-Bower.

More than 200 people paid their respects to fallen war heroes at the first Remembrance service held at the new memorial in Harold Wood.

A Harold Hill artist has created pieces of art from recycled Coke cans to raise money for the Royal British Legion in Collier Row.


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It's the debate fans across the UK are discussing - so where better to find out more about the iconic burger than behind the scenes in a local McDonald's restaurant?

Buy your next car wisely with the following sage advice from Tony Levoi Vauxhall Dealership

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