Saturday, November 14, 2020

Professor Ged Martin recalls two happy partnerships from Gidea Park

Our ancient local churches were not as solid as they might look, says Professor Ged Martin

Professor Ged Martin looks at some unexpected local links with the tragic Queen of France

Heritage: Birth of the Mawneys estate

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Slow and scattered growth marked the development of Mawneys from the 1880s, says Professor Ged Martin

A Second World War identity bracelet has been reunited with the owner’s family following an appeal in the Recorder.

Professor Ged Martin proclaims himself Tsar of All the Romfords

Eighty years ago, this identity bracelet was worn by a young girl living in Romford - and now an antiques dealer is attempting to track down any of her surviving relatives.

In June 2020, Britain marked two whole months without any electricity generated from coal. Professor Ged Martin looks back at Havering’s long affair with smoky fossil fuel

Local historian Professor Ged Martin relates how a kitten helped local police nab a serial cat burglar

Professor Ged Martin looks at a 300-year-old case that established a basic principle of English law

Professor Ged Martin looks at the way local people interpreted gender stereotypes in the years after 1945

A memorial service has been held to pay tribute to seven firefighters who lost their lives at the start of the Blitz.

The book collection of a grandfather who used to quiz RAF Hornchurch pilots as a boy during WWII, will become part of the reference library at the soon to open Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust (HAHT) Heritage Centre.

Seventy years ago, Australian newspaper editors thought Romford and Hornchurch a very strange world, says Professor Ged Martin

How Romford prepared for the Blitz

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Eighty years ago Havering’s volunteers mobilised to cope with the expected Nazi bombing onslaught, says Prof Ged Martin

On August 31, 1940 RAF Hornchurch, the front-line of freedom, was nearly put out of action, says Professor Ged Martin

A collection of rare objects discovered in Rainham is finally set to go on display.

You have to search for Havering’s Edwardian heritage, but it’s worth the effort, says Professor Ged Martin

If you can’t holiday overseas, then slip back in time to explore Victorian Havering, suggests Professor Ged Martin

Havering will join national celebrations this weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War.

Far-sighted local councils and generous benefactors built up Havering’s network of public parks, says Professor Ged Martin

A couple have marked 70 years of marriage with a special platinum wedding celebration.

Some of Havering’s finest parks were planned more than 200 years ago, says Professor Ged Martin

Times were hard after the Second World War, says Professor Ged Martin, but our friends in Australia stood by us.

Professor Ged Martin explores the fight for life of a Romford schoolteacher who died 60 years ago

Professor Ged Martin invites you to read two writers who took the lid off life in Havering institutions

In the second of his two cricket history features, Prof Ged Martin asks: Did two Yorkshire batsmen really set a world record against Essex in 1932?

In a cricket season that’s been cancelled, Professor Ged Martin looks at an infamous County match that probably never happened.

Gallows Corner’s “temporary” flyover is 50 this year – but nobody’s saying “many happy returns” says historian Prof Ged Martin

Professor Ged Martin gives a glimpse of Romford Market on the eve of the Victorian age

Professor Ged Martin looks at a forgotten ceremony that checked Havering’s parish boundaries.

Professor Ged Martin peers back through the mists of time to recall his first days at a Havering school

Prof Ged Martin tells how brazen forgeries were “excogitated” in a plan to take fraudulent possession of a Havering mansion

Prof Ged Martin looks at some of Havering’s persons of restricted growth

Prof Ged Martin looks at a curious hereditary honour – and its local links.

Dame Vera Lynn has thanked people for commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day during the coronavirus crisis.

Dennis Goodwin was 18 when the allies declared Victory in Europe on May 8, 1945, ending a war which was “80 per cent boredom and 20 per cent excitement”.

Pete Johnson from Havering Museum on how one street partied away after six long years of war.

The nation has been invited to toast the heroes of the Second World War as the country marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

More than a century ago, Havering-atte-Bower received an unexpected visitor from Africa. Prof Ged Martin tells the story

Prof Ged Martin looks at James London from Collier Row, who drove a 174 bus and wrote poetry in the Essex dialect

Maybe there’s an old photo that’s right up your street, says Professor Ged Martin

Prof Ged Martin celebrates a clergyman who enjoyed working beyond the retirement age

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


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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