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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Prospect Hall in South Woodford, where Redbridge Council tried to ban music after 10.30pm in 1977. Photo: Google Maps.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Ilford Lane in the mid 20th century.

Local historian John Barfoot remembers just what domestic bliss meant in Ilford in the 1930s.

Rev P J Beech of Holy Trinity Church, in Hermon Hill, South Woodford.

A look back at the biggest stories of this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Soldiers inspect graves at the South African First World War cemetery at Delville Wood, 13 November 1944. Photo: Imperial War Museum

Historian Richard Crowe shares the story of the brave Redbridge men of the 10th Essex regiment who gave their lives to try and save their South African counterparts during the Somme.

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Historian David Martin of the Fairlop Heritage Group shares the untold story of the deforestation of Essex.

Goodmayes Park, where an abandoned baby was discovered 20 years ago.

A look back at the biggest stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The Eastside Community Heritage have launched an exhibition on Jewish migration at Sinclair House.Judith Garfield MBE and Cllr Alan Weinberg MBE both on the far right with other members of Eastside Community Heritage at the launch

A new exhibition exploring the history and influence of the Jewish community in Redbridge offers an insight into the lives of those who first migrated to the area.

Capt Herbert Edwin Hawkins, of Ilford, who died during the Somme. Picture: Hawkins family

We have seen and heard much about the Battle of the Somme this year, its centenary. But what conclusions can we draw? Was it all badly planned?

The Ilford Hospital Chapel was the scene of an historic find in 1956.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The Exchange. Picture: Norman Gunby

A look back at the stories of the day, this week, 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Pioneer Market, in Ilford Lane, in the late 1950s.

I will never forget that Christmas Eve many years ago, walking home with my dad; it was cold enough for snow.

The Odeon in South Woodford High Road - formerly ABC Cinema Sourth Woodford. Photo: Google Maps.

1956: The milkmen of Hainault and Barkingside bid farewell to their horses for the final time, as the last 11 horses were retired to be replaced by electric vans.

Landmark locations across Redbridge. The old Wanstead Hospital building

A look back at the biggest stories of this week from 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Alec Tiffin

An Ilford athletics club has paid tribute to one of its long standing members, Alec Tiffin, who died earlier this month.

King Hussein of Jordan visited King Solomon High School in this week in 1996.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Fairlop: A safe harbour?

Sunday, November 27, 2016
A Landing Craft Tank similar to that used by No. 93 Embarkation Unit in 1944. Photo: US National Archives

The operational function of No. 93 Embarkation Unit, which was based at RAF Station Fairlop, from July 31 to August 29 1944, was to deal with RAF personnel, stores and equipment through a special port in Operation Overlord, codename for the invasion of German-occupied Normandy on June 6, 1944 – better known as D-Day.

The Ilford Palais back in its heyday. Picture: John Wayne

Generations of clubbers can relive their party days by heading to a reunion night for one of east London’s most popular clubs.

Father Christmas helped switch on the lights at The Exchange this week 20 years ago.

A look back at the biggest local stories this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth, who visited Redbridge and the surrounding area on a number of occasions

May Day, 8am, Thursday 1st May 1578 started badly for courtier Gilbert Talbot.

The Wanstead service of Remembrance at the Wanstead War Memorial.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”

The service of Remembrance at St Mary's church in South Woodford. MPs Iain Duncan Smith and Wes Streeting are among the dignitaries.

Young and old paid their respects to members of our armed forces who died in conflict on Saturday in South Woodford.

John Bowers, standard bearer for the Barkingside branch of the Royal British Legion, paid respects to  fallen soldiers at the Ilford War Memorial.

People of all faiths and backgrounds paid their respects this morning, to remember those who sacrificed their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

Rev Canon John Barnes, of St Mary the Virgin church in Ilford High Road, in 1996.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

The wartime history of Ilford Town Hall

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Ilford Town Hall circa 1910.

Once upon a time, when the Ilford Town Hall building housed the adult, children’s and reference libraries, all the books in the adult section were covered with rexine, giving them an expensive uniformed brown leather look, with the title and reference number in gold block.

Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara, Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, Cllr Helen Coomb and Ilford South MP Mike Gapes at the annual Fairlop Waters Armistice Day service. Picture: Ron Jeffries

On a beautifully clear morning, overlooking the tranquil scene of Fairlop Waters, the young generation came together to pay their respects to their forebears.

Remembrance day service at Fairlop waters

School pupils, veterans and residents across the borough will pause at 11am this morning to pay their respects to men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces.

Ilford Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial Gardens. John Coombes

With Remembrance Day soon to be upon us, one veteran of war reflects on the sacrifices made by his family in bygone conflicts.

Progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption will be performing at Redbridge Central Library on Friday

Ilford town centre is set for a musical takeover, as artists from America to Redbridge itself perform for the public in a variety of venues.

Former RAF navigator Douglas Smallbone with a painting of his aircraft.

A look back at the stories of the day, this week, 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Portrait of Samuel Pepys by Robert White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt line engraving, published 1690

This week the chairman of the Fairlop Heritage Group takes a look at how much of the timber for the Royal Navy of the 17th century came from Hainault Forest.

Redbridge Show.

A look back at the biggest story from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Ilford’s very own zeppelin hunter

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Inspirational war effort posters used the eerie image of the zeppelin - known as 'the baby-killer' - to inspire young men to join the army

In this week’s heritage column, historian John Barfoot tells the story of Alfred de Bathe Brandon, who brought down a German zeppelin while based at Hainault in 1916.

The Arbeit Macht Frei sign, 'work sets you free', still looms large over Auschwitz I. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA

There are no Jews in Oswiecim today, the Polish town once known to the Germans as Auschwitz.

Lost loves of Redbridge

Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Ilford Palais in its heyday. Picture: Barrie Phipps.

Did you while away summer at Valentines Park splashing in the swimming pool or dance the night away at the Ilford Palais? The Recorder took a trip back in time and asked our readers to revisit some of their most loved leisure features in the borough.

Former Redbridge mayor Richard Hoskins helped pupils at Fairlop School plant trees on this week 20 years ago.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Ilford's Ugandan population mainly moved here in the 1970s and 80s.

This week, Eastside’s Community Heritage’s Rochelle Scholar takes a look at how the borough’s multicultural community grew during the 1970s and 80s.

The children of Fulwood Primary School took part in a fancy dress day inspired by their favourite storybook characters, this week 20 years ago.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The Ilford Hippodrome was hit by a German rocket in January 1945 and was later destroyed.

Following on from his last column, local historian John Barfoot continues to reminisce about the picture palaces that used to entertain pre and post-war audiences in Ilford.

The five children left alone at Chessington World of Adventures during the council-run trip, with mother Susan Downing.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago this week.

Fairlop aerodrome, Ilford.

In this week’s column, Fairlop Historical Society’s David Martin takes a look at how the railway helped the RAF during the Second World War.

The Redbridge PDSA show 1996 thrilled youngsters and pets alike on this week 20 years ago.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The Odeon cinema in Gants Hill stood for 69 years and played a large part in supporting the local community.

In this week’s heritage column, Rochelle Scholar from Eastside Community Heritage, tells the story of Redbridge’s most missed buildings.

Wanstead Fringe's open air Kinema.

If you’ve ever wanted to go to the Edinburgh Fringe, but don’t fancy the long journey up to Scotland, then head to the borough’s very own fringe this weekend.

The Coach and Horses, Ilford by James Pollard, c.1832. Picture: Jef Page

In this week’s heritage column, Jef Page, chairman of the Ilford Historical Society, takes a look at the time of stage coaching and how artist James Pollard was inspired by his visits to Snaresbrook and Ilford

The 1996 Chigwell Police Show, held this week 20 years ago, thrilled parents and children alike.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

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