Sunday, July 5, 2020

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.

Prof Ged Martin remembers a Harold Wood personality

A pair of terret rings which are the first of their kind to ever be found in the UK are among a collection of rare objects discovered in Rainham and about to go on display in east London.

Choosing an Anglican cathedral for Essex revealed a lot about how people thought about their county – and a little about clerical politicking as well, says Prof Ged Martin

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Prof Ged Martin probes some puzzles in a corner of Harold Wood

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and to celebrate we would like to share readers’ memories.

What do Havering’s pub names tell us about our area? Prof Ged Martin explains

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


People across the country are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by following official advice and staying safe.

The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.

The UK Government has launched a campaign to shine a light on businesses and employees across the country who have responded to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in remarkable ways and are now going back to business.

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