Monday, March 23, 2020

Prof Ged Martin looks at the way Essex people spoke 100 years ago

A new plaque commemorating the life of a Titanic survivor has been installed in St Chad’s Park.

Early in the 19th century, the Forest Side School in Horns Road, Barkingside, was built by Charles Welstead of Valentines.

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and to celebrate we would like to share readers’ memories.

Local historian David Martin shares more tales of what life was like for pilots flying out of RAF Fairlop

Ron Jeffries of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association tells the history of the popular Dick Turpin pub.

We take a look at Ilford’s pantomimes of the past

Christmas at war time was very different to the home comforts we enjoy every December. David Martin writes about the 1944 festive period at RAF Fairlop

There are long delays on the North Circular and Chigwell Road in South Woodford and traffic on Charlie Browns Roundabout is slow moving after a car crash closed a slip road there.

Redbridge will host six wreath-laying events this weekend. Here we list where and when each of them will take place.

The Recorder takes a look at the history of some of the area’s most famous estates and manor houses and how they impacted the area’s place names

History of Clayhall and Claybury Hall

Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Recorder looks at the history of more of the area’s estates and manor houses

With its rich history, Valentines Mansion is the perfect venue for a horror-inspired game.

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.

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.


After the recent political turbulence, 2020 might feel like a fresh start but many of those keen to sell or let property this year may still have concerns.

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

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