Sunday, July 21, 2019

Novelist Michael Merry moved to Panama when he left school in 1959. He soon discovered it wasn't like Romford

A look back at stories of 60, 40 and 20 years ago

A memorial funded by the community was unveiled in a special ceremony at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

A hoard of Bronze Age treasures experts believe to be almost 3,000 years old has been discovered in Rainham, the Recorder can reveal.

A look back at the stories making the news in Havering 60, 40 and 20 years ago

A 16th century family called Pennant owned a long-gone estate in Hornchurch, as Prof Ged Martin explains

Before the London Borough of Havering, we had Hornchurch UDC, as Prof Ged Martin explains

Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of one of our main transport routes to and from the city

A Royal Navy veteran from Upminster has shared his experiences of heading back to Normandy to take part in the official programme of memorial events to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Thomas Latham, owner of Langtons, was a Puritan but he wasn't against fun, as Prof Ged Martin explains

A look back at the stories from this week 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Prof Ged Martin looks at the Reverend Ralph Josselin and his links with 17th century Cranham

A 94-year-old armed forces veteran from Upminster who was in the first wave of the D-Day landings will stand alongside the Queen and American president Donald Trump on a Normandy beach today to mark 75 years since that fateful day.

A cancer specialist has shared the story of his family's 15-year battle to correct a serious medical miscarriage of justice and his early childhood in Romford in his memoir.

Hornchurch history groups are hosting a special two-day exhibition to mark 75 years since Allied troops invaded Normandy in the world's leargest seaborne invasion.

Prof Ged Martin explains the history of six cottages built for disabled ex-Royal Navy men

People with learning disabilities who are employed at a cafe were left "distressed" after another break-in.

Prof Ged Martin looks at Havering as a tourist destination 200 years ago

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


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There's an increasing vulnerability among our older population, suffering from the effects of chronic loneliness and feeling like a burden to their families. Sean Watson, Howard Lodge care home's facilities manager discusses the benefits attending a day centre can give you and your loved ones.

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