Sunday, September 15, 2019

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

Redbridge Council has made £336,351 in library fines since 2015, the Recorder can reveal.

Cranbrook, now a ward to the north west of Ilford town centre, is a name with a long association with this area - and it all stems from birds.

This week, the Recorder takes a look at the history behind some of Redbridge's most popular place names. Don't worry if your area isn't here, as more will follow next week.

Plans to bring a banqueting suite in Chadwell Heath back to its former glory as an art deco cinema have been given the green light by architects and independent cinema consultants.

Local historian Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of Liverpool Street Station

Redbridge Museum is set for a major transformation thanks to a £99,990 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Following on from his previous column on the history of Barkingside High Street, David Martin of the Fairlop Heritage Group continues his retrospective

Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of one of our main transport routes to and from the city

Local historian Georgina Green explains how Woodford Green and one of its 18th century residents has a botanical claim to fame

Entrepreneurs, crafters and creatives will be able to move into a new 5,000m2 workspace facility which is set to be built in the heart of Hainault Forest.

On June 6, 75 years ago troops landed in France for the D-Day invasion of Europe. David Martin, of Fairlop Heritage Group, and Derek Hall told the story to 400 pupils of John Bramston Primary School

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

Even as the borders of the once vast Hainault Forest were chopped further and further back, all the way to the woodland area we know today, one tree continued to stand proud on its own, cut off from its forest mates.

A 90-year-old has revealed she took a piece of the world's largest grapevine from Valentines Park in the 1960s and has been growing it at home ever since.

A piece of the largest grapevine in the world has come to Ilford.

For thousands of years, the land where Ilford can now be found was woodland belonging to the ancient Forest of Essex.

Exclusive Gants Hill Shalom bagel shop has been sold

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A Gants Hill bakery has been sold to new owners.

The prehistoric era has played an important part in Ilford's history in recent years.

It was largely as a result of Ilford Borough Council promoting a bill in the Houses of Parliament seeking county borough status in the 1950s that in 1957 a Royal Commission was set up to examine the system and working of local government in the Greater London area.

A much-loved bagel shop lives to fight another day after a planning inspector refused an application to turn the premises into a private medical clinic.

Sixty years ago today, flames 100 feet high came within minutes of destroying the vast majority of Ilford High Road as a massive fire at Harrison Gibson furniture store caused millions of pounds worth of damage.

Gants Hill, Barkingside and Redbridge have been named as some of the most aesthetically pleasing Tube stations on the London Underground.

Furious campaigners have asked the Mayor of London to step in and get TfL to restore the 25 bus service to its full route from east London to Oxford Circus.

The community is being called on help unearth the "lost history" of Redbridge as footage chronicling the capital over the last century is released.

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

Redbridge Heritage Centre staff and volunteers spent almost three years cataloguing building plans into a database to make it easier to spot trends and find out new information.

As we prepare to welcome 2019, The Recorder takes a look at the last six months of the past year, and the biggest stories we have reported on. Yesterday we took a look at the first half of 2018.

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is, for many people, a time for relaxing, visiting friends and family and picking up a bargain or two in the sales.

The battle to save Bodgers is not over after a resident applied to give the shop's former building a special status to help protect it from redevelopment.

Colin Runeckles, of Ilford Historical Society, tells the story of a man who embodied the true spirit of Christmas

The lost stories of 54 Goodmayes parishioners who gave their lives in the First World War are set to be uncovered with the help of a £10,000 grant.

Twenty pubs in Redbridge have closed their doors since 2001, figures have revealed.

Redbridge Council has quietly splashed out £25 million on commercial properties, including the sites of two nightclubs, an investigation has found.

A woman from East Ham who was famously sentenced to the death penalty in the 1920s is to be reburied in her family grave.

An emotional Remembrance service was held in Wanstead as residents gathered at the town's war memorial to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Crowds including local police officers, firemen and local children paid their respects to the fallen on the centenary of the end of the First World War at a special ceremony in Hainault.

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, pupils in Seven Kings installed more than 1,000 handmade poppies at the front of their school.

Hundreds from the borough's diverse faith communities gathered in Newbury Park to pay their respects to those from Ilford who gave their lives during the First World War and commemorate a century since Armistice Day.

When the alarms sounded to let people know the war had ended many thought they were under attack.

There was a "spine-tingling" reading of the names of 70 South Woodford men who died fighting in the First World War at the town's Armistice centenary memorial service this morning (Saturday, November 10).

On Armistice Day, 1918, men, women and children united to celebrate the war's end, but the relieved crowds without meaning to helped spread a deadly disease.

Thousands of men and women whose deaths can be linked to the First World War have yet to be commemorated.

It was a summer's day when the discharged soldier's body was fished out of the river.

It was only in his final days that Mary McCarten's 91-year-old father came clean that his own dad - an Ilford barber - had been interned as an "enemy alien" during the First World War.


The weekday routine of most working parents needs to run like clockwork but often resembles a circus. If that routine involves any under 5s, you may need all the help you can get.

Defence classes for children such as Krav Maga are fun, healthy activities that can reduce the risk of bullying, build self-confidence and teach discipline

It's the debate fans across the UK are discussing - so where better to find out more about the iconic burger than behind the scenes in a local McDonald's restaurant?

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