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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hainault resident Derek Hall recalls more memories of the Blitz in east London.

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

Fighter pilot Ken Trott had completed his basic flight training in Canada and wanted to join the coastal command and fly a flying boat.

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

A D-Day veteran returned to the beaches last week to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the iconic landings.

Hainault resident Derek Hall continues his account of what life was like as a young boy in east London during the Blitz.

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

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

The 10th Essex Regiment went into action on February 2 1917.

Readers of the Ilford Recorder may be familiar with my trips down memory lane, in the History & Heritage column.

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

In our final week of Local History Month coverage, Valentines Mansion volunteers Georgina Green and Stuart Rosen, and branding and marketing manager Hardip Sohal, share some tales of the manor’s past

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

Two weeks ago Recorder readers were introduced to fighter pilot Harold Bennett, who was shot down and captured by German soldiers in 1941.

Ilford’s streets may be lined with high-rise flats, housing developments and shops more than remnants of eras gone by, but the town has a varied history, from its origins in the ancient era as part of Barking parish, to its centuries of rural domesticity and the house building and population boom of the 20th century.

The borough’s thriving heritage scene includes groups dedicated to protecting, and sharing, tales from the past. Here the Woodford and Wanstead historical societies share insights into their varied activities.

Maytime: Dating in the 1940s

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Two youngsters sat holding hands in the Capitol cinema, Barking, one Sunday afternoon in 1949.

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

Prime-time shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?, where showbiz figures trace back their roots, have sparked off a huge interest in genealogy, through our natural curiosity about other people’s lives.

When he was shot down in December 1941, Harold Bennett described his time as a PoW as “absolutely first class treatment from first class fellows”.

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

Redbridge Museum, based in the Central Library, Ilford, is the community history museum for the borough, managed by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure. For Local History Month, running throughout May, Redbridge Museum and Heritage Service manager Gerard Greene shares some thoughts on what it’s like to work there.

My early years were spent at Fairlop School, as this was the only school in the area. It was one mile away and we had to walk come rain, come shine, come snow.

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

Sgt Sidney Hayter of the 12th Rifle Brigade lived in Grove Cottage, Chigwell Row.

Calling all history buffs – can help provide any information about these mystery photos?

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

One of Ilford’s first developers, Jabez Spencer Balfour, was involved in a shocking 19th century financial scandal. Yet he and his fellow fraudsters left their mark in Ilford development and names of local roads.

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

Philosopher, magician, mathematician, cosmologist, poet. Italian maverick Giordano Bruno was a true Renaissance polymath, who caused quite a stir in the 16th century.

As an Ilford boy in the 1930s, I enjoyed seasons of simple inexpensive pleasures. Autumn always heralded the conker season, I cannot recall the last time I saw schoolboys playing with conkers on a string.

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

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

Lifelong Hainault resident Derek Hall continues his account of what life was like as a young boy in east London during the Blitz.

When Steve Richards left school at 16, without a clue as to what to do next, he had no idea what the future held for him.

A group of anti-war protesters have been holding an exhibition highlighting their role in opposing the 2003 invasion of Iraq as part of Women’s History Month.

The 1884 Colchester earthquake, also known as the Great English Earthquake is well recorded and occurred on the morning of April 22.

The world wars cast the longest shadow over the 20th century, but it is a different conflict of the time which will be in the spotlight next week.

The Elizabethan court in all its glory came to Ilford Historical Society and Redbridge on Monday.

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

An ancient tale which has lost no fame over two millennia is to be given a modern twist by a cast of young performers.

Close to 100 years ago, a landmark day in British history dawned. Years of protests, hunger strikes, prison spells, even war work, finally led to the moment thousands of women were waiting for, namely their entry into the political system.

The East End of London has been a hub of activism throughout history.

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

The Yellow Peril made of Ash wood

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Handley Page, based at Barking, was the first private company formed for the specific purpose of aeronautical engineering.

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