How you can be part of events celebrating the history of the Royal Docks

Two events are being staged as part of a special festival to celebrate the history of the Royal Docks, writes Colin Grainger. And local people with a passion for history are being given the chance to not only enjoy but take part in the events. Newham is one of the Museum of London Docklands primary … More How you can be part of events celebrating the history of the Royal Docks

New book turns spotlight on West Ham and its fire brigade

Local history enthusiast, Peter Williams, has written a beautifully illustrated book on West Ham and its fire service. This book looks at the development of West Ham as part of the wider East London area, and how West Ham’s position influenced the development of its fire brigade, writes Colin Grainger. From haphazard arrangements under the old parish vestry … More New book turns spotlight on West Ham and its fire brigade

Heritage Week in Newham 2018 – more details revealed of the celebrations of our unique borough

More details have been revealed of the special Newham Heritage week which kicks off in less than a month. The key themes this year are Women’s Suffrage, the Representation of the People Act of 1918 and the 100th anniversary of The Armistice, writes Colin Grainger. A launch event is being held on November 10 at The Gate Library … More Heritage Week in Newham 2018 – more details revealed of the celebrations of our unique borough

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

Magnificent Norman church that has stood the test of time

Calling St Mary Magdalene Church the jewel in Newham’s crown is a massive understatement. It is the sparkling diamond in our manor. It’s hard to think of anything that predates it that is in such a great condition, writes Colin Grainger. The 1130 church is getting a well-deserved makeover next month (Sept) with over £80,000 … More Magnificent Norman church that has stood the test of time