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

History group bids to find out more about Flats political and religious meetings

The Wanstead Flats history group are researching aspects of the history of this green space on Newham’s borders. Their latest project is looking at the use of the Flats for political and religious meetings. We have found a lot of references to meetings from the late 19th century to World War II, but after 1945 … More History group bids to find out more about Flats political and religious meetings

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

Reporting from the F1H20 London – Heritage Newham goes live

This year’s F1H2O London has the word HERITAGE written on the programme and poster in capital letters. There are many different stories (one going back all the way to 1872…) which link this event with Royal Docks’s history, writes Colin Grainger. And to mark the event, Heritage Newham  – People, Places, Progress is going live thanks to … More Reporting from the F1H20 London – Heritage Newham goes live

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…