How two close friends took centre stage as the First World War ended

As the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the The Great War  draws near, it is my pleasure to reveal a touching story from a century ago – and also paint a vivid picture of how life was back then and in the times that followed in our part of East London. One of … More How two close friends took centre stage as the First World War ended

Reflections of the past … mapping out the past of the old County Borough of East Ham

Another in our series of Reflections of the Past. I am indebted to the wonderful Maureen Norris for this superb example of an old map of the County Borough of East Ham produced in the late 1950s, writes Colin Grainger. Burrows Pointer guide maps came, as the name suggests, with a pointer, which you can … More Reflections of the past … mapping out the past of the old County Borough of East Ham

Mind your language – imagery that reveals so much of our lives…

I’ll have to be very careful with this look back at the phrases and sayings that have been part of life in and around the Royal docks community since well before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eye. If I give the impression I don’t know my ’ariss from my elbow I might have … More Mind your language – imagery that reveals so much of our lives…

Child’s play – focus on the games we played…

They are the games that have stood the test of time. Each generation had its own favourites and passed down the laughs and memories to the next in the Royal Docks Community. My earliest memory of those wonderful days is playing out in Auberon Street, North Woolwich, writes Colin Grainger. The family who lived in … More Child’s play – focus on the games we played…