Saturday, January 11, 2020

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.

Historic England has today (Thursday, October 17) revealed that Upminster Windmill will remain on its "Heritage at Risk in London" register, but has admitted "good progress" is being made on securing the site's long-term future.

Prof Ged Martin recalls a confidence trickster who robbed an honest traveller

Residents in Harold Wood came together to celebrate 100 years since the opening of the Harold Wood War Memorial.

Prof Ged Martin takes us back half a century, to ride an 86 bus into Romford

Prof Ged Martin follows King Richard II as he rides along the A12 Colchester Road to murder his uncle

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

Prof Ged Martin tells how an enthusiastic teacher led Collier Row boys on an adventure in 1963

A police officer who died in 1913 while stopping a runaway horse in Romford Market has been commemorated with a plaque.

Prof Ged Martin recounts the story of 'a Doctor of Divinity who lived in our vicinity'

Prof Ged Martin recalls a tragic clash between RAF pilots 80 years ago

In the fourth in our series of days out ideas, Prof Ged Martin reckons there's more to Canvey Island than candy floss

A Hornchurch historian is inviting residents to commemorate the 79th anniversary of a Second World War battle at a special exhibition.

In the third in our series on ideas for summer days out, historian Prof Ged Martin suggests an excursion to an atmospheric Thurrock village

In the second in our series of days out ideas for the summer, Prof Ged Martin looks at the background to England's 11th largest reservoir

A 93-year-old Second World War veteran from Upminster has had his memories of that fateful conflict preserved for posterity by taking part in a new online audio archive founded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

In the first of a series throughout the school holidays suggesting days out from Havering, Prof Ged Martin tells how Britain's longest pier kept vital supplies moving during the war

Local historian Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of Liverpool Street Station


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