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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

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.


It can be of great comfort to those we leave behind, to know that in our last moments we were comfortable, well looked after and surrounded by those that we love.

For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

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