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myplace, Harold Hill (photograph from London Borough of Havering)

myplace, Harold Hill (photograph from London Borough of Havering)

The Society has found a new home!

Our meeting on Monday 26 January will be our first at myplace in Harold Hill, when Georgina Green will be speaking to us on Keepers, Cockneys and Kitchen Maids.

Access to the room (the Large Meeting Room) will be from 7.30pm with the formal part of the evening commencing at 8.00pm and all finished by 9.30pm. We would love to see you all there for the inaugural meeting.

For some time the Committee has been very concerned at the ever reducing membership and attendance at Society meetings. The main reason for this decline seems to stem from the diminished lack of parking at Trinity Methodist Church. A location map is included on the Find us page.

After much searching and deliberation the Committee located this exciting new venue at myplace in Harold Hill. It is well located next to the Leisure Centre at Harold Hill on the junction of Gooshays Drive and Dagnam Park Drive by the large roundabout.

There is ample parking – including disabled spaces – either directly outside myplace or at the adjacent leisure centre, just a short well-lit walk away.

myplace is also readily accessible by bus. Routes 174, 294 and 256 all serve myplace – ask for the Leisure Centre. These routes provide direct access from Romford Town Centre, Gidea Park, Harold Wood and Hornchurch.

For those of you unfamiliar with myplace, it was opened in June 2012 at a cost of £4.6m. Although it is listed as a Youth Centre, a number of older groups now also use the building. It is Havering’s first zero carbon building, is well appointed with state of the art equipment, and is fully accessible.

This inaugural meeting will be free to visitors, so do please come and join us. Subsequent meetings will have our normal visitor fee of £2.50 (with free entry to members), but this is taken into consideration if you subsequently join the Society (annual membership £12).

We do hope you will enjoy our new home and we look forward to welcoming you all on 26 January.

Home Front Havering

Home Front Havering

Home Front Havering

Home Front Havering: Local Life in the First World War

A joint exhibition between Havering Museum and Havering Libraries Local Studies & Family History Centre.

9 August – 15 November 2014.

For more details see and

Havering Reminiscence Day

Havering Reminiscence Day

Havering Reminiscence Day

From Havering Libraries:

Do you have memories of the local area to share or knowledge that could help us identify photographs in our Local Studies Collection? Join us for our open day, and explore our collection online. Ask a staff member for details.

Help build Havering’s history – do you have any photos or interesting ephemera you wish to donate to the Local Studies Collection? Please feel free to bring any material along.

Romford Library
Wednesday July 23 2014
Drop in from 10am – 3pm
All ages
Romford Library 01708 422389

For more information about the Local Studies Centre and to search the collection online, see here.

Romford Railway, 1830 onward – Jutsums Lane to Junction Road

At our next meeting, on 19 May, we welcome Peter Prior, one of our members, to speak about the Romford Railway, 1830 onward – Jutsums Lane to Junction Road.

Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in Trinity Methodist church hall – for information about how to find us, click here.

(Note that, due to the Bank Holiday at the end of May, this is the 3rd Monday of the month, rather than our usual date of the final Monday.)

Romford: The Birth and Death of a Victorian Town

Romford: The Birth and Death of a Victorian Town

Romford: The Birth and Death of a Victorian Town

For the first time search the Havering Local Studies Collection online.

Romford: The Birth and Death of a Victorian Town

A Havering Library Service project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and created by volunteers.

For more details about the project click here.

Mine’s a Pint

Mine's a PintMine’s A Pint: Ind Coope and Havering’s Brewing Heritage

This exhibition at Havering Museum focuses on the wider history of brewing in Havering, from medieval alehouses to modern micro-breweries. The Old Hornchurch Brewery and the short-lived but significant Ford and Firkin are also featured, along with fascinating stories about local pubs. A range of talks, beer tasting evening and fun activities for children support the exhibition.

11 January – 22 March 2014

Romford Football Club 1876-1920

Romford Football Club 1876-1920

The first Romford Football Club founded in 1876. With most of its players working for the Ind Coope Brewery, it was naturally nicknamed ‘The Brewers’. During the early years, Romford played against the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, Ipswitch Town and Charlton Athletic, and even reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

The culmination of decades of research, this book provides details of over 1500 matches, together with:

  • Season-by-season summaries and player statistics
  • League tables: Southern, Athenian and London Leagues
  • Short biographies of the club’s major personalities
  • Contemporary Annual General Meeting reports
  • Previously unpublished team photographs and local views

We also read about the boardroom coup of 1909, leading to a rival club being set up in Romford. Not forgetting the Stamford Bridge heartache, or the league match that lasted 42 days! A book to appeal to sports statisticians and local historians alike.

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Havering on the Move

"Havering on the Move" exhibition poster

Havering on the Move: The Story of Local Transport is a new and exciting exhibition at Havering Museum, launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

This exhibition covers the history of transport in the borough including coaches, steam trains and buses. Models of trams, engines, buses and other memorabilia will be on display.

A series of fun and fascinating events support the exhibition.

For more details, download this leaflet.


Harold Hill and Noak Hill: a history

Harold Hill and Noak Hill: a historyThe London Borough of Havering Library Service is pleased to announce the publication of a new book Harold Hill and Noak Hill: a history by Simon Donoghue and Don Tait.

On 25 November 1948 the first permanent house on the London County Council Harold Hill estate, in Romford, was handed over to its first tenants. The ceremony marked the arrival of thousands of Londoners to what was then a rural corner of Romford.

Harold Hill and Noak Hill: a history traces the origins of Harold Hill and the history of the manors, farms and residents of Noak Hill, Romford Common and the old ward of Harold Wood. The book also tells the stories of visitors such as George Fox, founder of the ‘Quakers’ and the famous diarist Samuel Pepys.

The story continues with the building of Harold Hill and explores the experiences of the early residents, the development of the schools, shops, churches, pubs and industry and the people who brought them to life and established Harold Hill as a place on the map with its own unique identity in the London Borough of Havering.

Harold Hill and Noak Hill: a history is illustrated with over 300 maps, prints, photographs and documents.

For full details and how to buy the book please see the attached document.

Harold Hill and Noak Hill – a history handbill