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
It was a store that had a magical excitement back in the day – for both adults and children. The Co-op in East Ham evokes memories of all that was best in shopping. It was the jewel in the crown for High Street North – and the Barking Road! The reason? It was so huge … More Memories of the Co-op, East Ham – the East End Hamley’s!
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
The Heritage Newham: People, Places, Progress group would like to give an extra mention to some events being staged as part of Heritage Week 2018. These need to be booked through group founder Kevin Jenkins, or will actually feature Kevin or a representative of the group, Thursday November 8 Young People’s Heritage Day (primary school … More Heritage Week – events staged by childrens’ charity, music hall, history cub and the ‘cathedral of sewage!’
Reflections of the Past 2,020. A picture of the VJ party on Wanstead Flats in Manor Park in 1946. Thanks to Margaret Hill for the wonderful donation of this picture, writes Colin Grainger. Margaret, who now lives in Leigh On Sea, said the photo was taken in Capel Road. She said: “My father is fourth … More Memories of a VJ street party 72 years ago
THE full details have been revealed of the special Newham Heritage week which kicks off very soon. The key themes this year are Women’s Suffrage and the representation of the peoples act plus the Armistice – both of which have centenaries this year. Newham Heritage Week, organised by Newham Council in partnership with a range … More Newham Heritage Week 2018: Full details
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