All the fun – and history of – the fair on the Flats

Roll Up! Roll Up! A new booklet detailing the history of the fair at Wanstead Flats will be available soon. From their earliest days fairs have had a reputation for drunkenness, lewdness and riotous behaviour – as well, of course, for fun and pleasure, writes Colin Grainger. The Wanstead Flats fair, which dates back to … More All the fun – and history of – the fair on the Flats

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