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The tale of two brothers killed in action on the same day during the fateful First World War has inspired a campaign for a park to be preserved in perpetuity.

1957: Ilford’s taxi drivers were the heroes of the day when 38 of them took 150 children from Barnardo’s in Barkingside on an outing to Clacton.

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

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

There was scarcely a family who emerged unscathed by the First World War, but the O’Donoghues experienced a double heartbreak.

The trial of five men accused of helping operate a drugs operation from Ilford Station will begin later today.

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

A station for Fairlop Airport?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fairlop plain is an extensive area created in the middle of the 19th century, following the destruction of Hainault Forest.

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

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.

In the early months of 1917 the 10th Essex Regiment was active in the northern part of the extensive Somme battlefield.

They knew each other and they loathed each other. That’s how award-winning author Clare Mulley describes her two latest, anti-heroines in her book The Women Who Flew for Hitler.

While everyone knows Fairlop hosted RAF fighters during the Second World War, not everyone is as aware of the area’s anicent past. David Martin, of the Fairlop Heritage Group, sheds some light on the Romans’ time there.

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

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public – fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

Shrapnel swapping in schoolyards

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.

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