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Forest Gate primary school apologises after asking pupils to dress as slaves for Black History Month 

16 Oct

A Forest Gate primary school has been forced to apologise for sending home a letter asking pupils to come into school dressed as slaves for Black History Month.


Storm Ophelia turns east London sky yellow 

16 Oct

You’d have been forgiven for thinking you were seeing the east London sky through an Instagram filter this afternoon, as Storm Ophelia turned the capital a strange shade of yellow.


Appeal to find missing 13-year-old girl from Newham 

16 Oct

Police are appealing for information to trace the whereabouts of a teenage girl from Newham who has gone missing.


Newham singer Linda Lewis celebrates 50 years in the music industry 

16 Oct

When Linda Lewis was born in Custom House she had ambitions of becoming an artist but thanks to her mum she is one of the most established black British singers.


Shoplifters and vandals may dodge justice after police say probes ‘impractical’ 

16 Oct

A senior police officer has said it is “not practical” for officers to investigate crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damage as his force bids to save £400 million.


Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of murder after man, 20, stabbed to death in East Ham park 

16 Oct

A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death during broad daylight in a busy East Ham park in front of horrified onlookers.


Girl, 10, pens heartbreaking letter to MP about living in one room with all her family 

15 Oct

Stephen Timms MP shared the heartbreaking letter on Twitter (Picture: REX) A 10-year-old schoolgirl wrote a heartbreaking letter to her MP about living in one room with all her family.


Former EastEnders star is delighted to be named patron of a youth charity 

13 Oct

He might be making a name for himself, but comedian, actor and writer Ricky Grover is remaining true to his Newham roots.


Dementia rates in Newham among lowest in country 

13 Oct

Newham has one of the lowest propotion of people with dementia than any other area in the UK.


Heartbroken business owner’s plea: Help me find my stolen tuk-tuk last seen entering Newham 

13 Oct

A young entrepreneur has begged for the return of her beloved coffee-selling tuk-tuk after it was stolen from outside her home.


Canning Town Paralympic hopeful selected as Pride of Britain finalist 

13 Oct

A Paralympic hopeful has been selected as a finalist in the Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year Awards.


Kingsford Community School pupil named 11th young mayor of Newham 

13 Oct

A 14-year-old pupil from Kingsford Community School has triumphed in the race to become the 2018 young mayor of Newham.


Remembrance Day 2017: Share your stories 

13 Oct

Remembrance Day 2017 is fast approaching and the Recorder is seeking personal stories – which have not been shared with us before – to complement our coverage.


Stressed workers invited to pet puppies in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

13 Oct

Stressed London workers were offered some respite from the daily grind with the Pet a Puppy stress buster clinic.


Watch this weekend’s weather forecast: Summer’s back, but only temporarily 

13 Oct

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.


Man admits injuring two in Beckton birthday acid attack 

13 Oct

John Tomlin pleaded guilty to two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm.


Man admits throwing acid at model on her 21st birthday 

13 Oct

John Tomlin, 25, hurled the corrosive fluid at Resham Khan and cousin Jameel Muhktar, 37, as they sat in their car on Miss Khan’s 21st birthday (Picture: Central News) A man has admitted seriously injuring an aspiring model and her cousin after ...


Canning Town man admits Beckton acid attack 

13 Oct

A man has admitted seriously injuring an aspiring model and her cousin after acid was thrown at them through a car window.


Burnley v West Ham United 

13 Oct

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Burnley and West Ham United.


Plaistow man charged with murder 

13 Oct

Detectives investigating the death of a man in Essex have charged a Plaistow man with murder.


Man in his 20s fighting for his life after being shot in Maryland 

13 Oct

A man in his 20s is fighting for his life after being shot in a residential cul-de-sac near to Stratford.


Healthy, green and fun: What better reasons to start cycling in Newham? 

12 Oct

What sport significantly improves physical and mental health, saves the NHS millions and is available for people to do every day...


Newham gang members who threw ammonia at two women in horrifying robberies face jail 

12 Oct

Two gang members who threw ammonia at a shopkeeper and a random woman in the street are facing years in jail.


16-year-old boy stabbed in Upton Park 

12 Oct

A 16-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital by air ambulance after being stabbed this afternoon.


Average Newham house price £5,000 per square metre 

12 Oct

A phone box-sized space in Newham is four times more expensive in London’s richest borough, new figures reveal.


Foo Fighters to play two shows at the London Stadium 

12 Oct

The London Stadium is set to rock next summer as the Foo Fighters confirmed they will be playing two nights at the venue.


Church offers free dental checks at Plaistow community health expo 

12 Oct

A church-bonding event focused on promoting good health brought big smiles to the faces of its congregation.


Concerns raised after East Ham ‘spiritual healer’ Mr Bamba claims he can cure impotency and infertility 

11 Oct

Residents have raised concerns after an East Ham man claiming to cure black magic curses, impotency and infertility with spiritual healing has been advertising services.


Charges dropped against Stratford man, 20, in Joshua Bwalya murder case 

11 Oct

Murder charges have been dropped against a Stratford man accused of stabbing to death teenager Joshua Bwalya.


Canning Town woman, 64, ‘elated’ to be winner in writing competition 

11 Oct

A Canning Town woman is among a group of 19 winners in a London-wide short story competition to discover hidden talent.


Have your say on proposed changes to roads in North Woolwich 

11 Oct

A new bus shelter, a wider cycle lane and additional ferry operator parking are among the proposals for North Woolwich that are being consulted on.


Silvertown tunnel decision delayed for a month 

11 Oct

A decision on whether the Silvertown tunnel will be built has been delayed for a month.


Former EastEnders actor John Altman to open Stratford charity night walk 

11 Oct

Former EastEnders star John Altman will join thousands to unite against dementia at a charity walk in Stratford.


Jailed: Drug couriers caught with £600k worth of cocaine in Manor Park 

10 Oct

Two drugs couriers caught with six kilos of cocaine after officers swooped on them in a car park in Newham have been jailed.


Jubilee line upgrades halted by TfL 

10 Oct

Transport for London (TfL) has admitted upgrades to its Jubilee line are on pause after a union said they were being scrapped.


Q&A: Where I live 

10 Oct

Peter Moreton is the artistic director of Applecart Arts in Upton Park, a new community arts centre.


Recorder letters: TB in Newham, older working women and wildlife 

10 Oct

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.


Chamber views: Give us the power to provide homes 

10 Oct

Another Tory party conference passes, another set of piecemeal policies.


OPINION: Reassure us, there will be no more cuts 

10 Oct

Recent reports about Newham Council’s financial position and performance have raised concerns and questions.


Five police officers to be investigated over death of man they detained 

10 Oct

Edir Frederico Da Costa, known as Edson, died in hospital six days after he was stopped by police (Picture: Go Fund Me) The police watchdog is investigating five officers for alleged misconduct over the detention of a man who later died.


Women speak out about their mental health at Beckton support group 

10 Oct

A trio of women have used their personal experiences of mental health issues to empower others at a Beckton support club.


Five police officers to be investigated over Edson Da Costa death 

10 Oct

Five police officers are set to be investigated for potential misconduct in connection with the death of Edson Da Costa.


Fire damages half of restaurant in Manor Park 

10 Oct

A fire which broke out at a restaurant has damaged 50 per cent of the building.


West Ham yet to pay £2.3m London Stadium business rates bill 

10 Oct

West Ham United has not paid any business rates at the London Stadium, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.


Newham boy, 10, goes missing for a second time 

10 Oct

Police in Newham are appealing for information to find a 10-year-old boy who has gone missing for a second time.


Newham teenager wins £76k scholarship to study at prestigious boarding school 

9 Oct

A student from Custom House has set his sights on a place at Oxford University after winning a £76,000 scholarship to study at a prestigious boarding school.


East London’s Olympic regeneration is ‘creating 5 times more jobs than forecast’ 

9 Oct

A staggering 110,000 new jobs have been created in east London with another 125,000 predicted in the next 12 years—five times larger than expected.


Work of Canning Town homelessness charity applauded by Big Issue founder 

9 Oct

Big Issue founder John Bird has praised a Canning Town charity for its holistic approach to helping people out of homelessness.


Two Newham men jailed for making crack cocaine at Forest Gate property 

9 Oct

Two men caught by police making crack cocaine inside a property down a residential road have been jailed for 11 years.


Plaistow gay rugby club strip naked for calendar to tackle cancer 

9 Oct

Players from the UK’s first gay inclusive rugby union club have gotten their kit off to raise money for cancer sufferers.


Tube stations evacuated after ‘car ploughs into pedestrians’ outside popular Natural History Museum in London 

7 Oct

London Underground stations including South Kensington - where the museum is located- and Sloane Square on the Circle and District Line routes have been evacuated, according to reports...


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Schwarzenegger’s on-going Romford Road legacy 

1 Oct

We publish this article as images of Arnold Schwarzenegger are about to feature prominently in a major UK government advertising campaign to persuade people to take up their rights for compensation for mis-sold PPI insurance.


Tower Hamlets and Hackney among London’s worst food hygiene hotspots 

25 Sep

Tower Hamlets and Hackney are among the worst areas for Food Hygiene Ratings in London, a new study by GMB London region has revealed.


Charles Mowbray – anarchist revolutionary and Forest Gate-unemployed champion 

17 Sep

Charles Mowbray (1856 - 1910) can lay claim to fame to be one of Forest Gate's most controversial political figures.


The Dames Road disaster – 27 July 1944 

6 Sep

We have written before about the Doodlebug bombing of Dames Road in July 1944, here and here .


Tres Bon (1) – the first 75 years of St Bonaventure’s school 

27 Aug

St Bonaventure's school celebrated its 140th anniversary on 27 August this year.


Khan cycling cuts mean Woolwich Road flyover becomes Silvertown Tunnel sticking point 

25 Aug

Cuts made by mayor Sadiq Khan to London’s cycling programmes mean the Woolwich Road flyover in east Greenwich has become a late sticking point in the planning process for the controversial Silvertown Tunnel.


Forest Gate Cycling Club, and life on the road at the end of the C19th 

19 Aug

We have covered cycling in Forest Gate at the end of the nineteenth century on this site a number of times before.


Three authors write on WW2 air raids in Forest Gate 

11 Aug

This article looks at the way in which World War 11 air raids in Forest Gate have been approached and described from three very different perspectives.


Forest Gate-born Bryan Forbes recalls his local origins 

31 Jul

One of Britain's cinematic greats, Bryan Forbes, was born and brought up in Forest Gate, as this site recalled, when it marked his death in 2013 (see here ).


Forest Gate and 20th Century Penny Dreadfuls 

20 Jul

This article is the second of two looking at how the Independent Police News covered serious crime in Forest Gate during its existence (1867 - 1938).


Teen denies committing Hackney acid attacks 

18 Jul

Police arrive at one of the attacks in Clapton Pic: @999London Twitter A Croydon teen has denied his involvement in last week’s acid attacks in Hackney and Islington.


Forest Gate, and Victorian Penny Dreadfuls (1) 

11 Jul

The Illustrated Police News was a strange, weekly, newspaper, which lasted from 1867 until 1938, and for a while was described as "the worst newspaper in England".


Police and mayor move to reassure Muslims in Tower Hamlets after acid attacks spark hate crime fears 

7 Jul

Resham Khan was attacked in Beckton on June 21 Pic: Daniel Mann – Go Fund Me A series of acid attacks in East London has renewed concerns among the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets over their safety and the spread of Islamaphobia Fears have been ...


The Forest Gate roots of controversial lesbian author, Mary Renault 

1 Jul

This article is published to co-incide with the first Forest Gayte, the local LGBT Festival, on 1 July 2017.


Thug armed with 10-inch knife jailed for stabbing police officer 

22 Jun

Andrew Beadie  Pic Met Police A man who was found guilty for stabbing an off-duty police officer in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for 12 years.


Armed thug jailed for stabbing Police Officer 

22 Jun

Andrew Beadie (Met Police Picture) A man who was found guilty for stabbing an off-duty police officer in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for 12 years.


First motor fire engine tested on Wanstead Flats 

19 Jun

In 1908/9 West Ham Fire Brigade made the momentous decision to move from horse power to the internal combustion engine.


#ELLection – Labour maintains stronghold in Tower Hamlets 

9 Jun

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushnara Ali.


E7 food shops – FSA ratings, April 2017 

5 Jun

This is the third summary of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) cleanliness ratings for Forest Gate food shops; for others, 2014 and 2015, see here and here .


An appreciation of Forest Gate artist Eric Dawson 

24 May

Last year's Newham Heritage Week paid a rare local tribute to Forest Gate artist, Eric Dawson, by displaying some of his original works at The Gate, and elsewhere in Newham.


Forest Gate Conscientious Objectors in WW1 

15 May

T his article is posted to commemorate International Conscientious Objectors' Day, on 15 May 2017.


Godwin School ( boys ) log 4 – Godwin and Forest Gate between the wars (1919 – 1939) 

3 May

This is the fourth of a series of posts based on the school log of Godwin School, from 1883 - 1984, providing a fascinating, worms' eye view of the development of the local area.


Politics and pollution: which party will save Tower Hamlets’ air? 

1 May

London is infamous for its air pollution problem           Pic: ( Wikimedia Commons ) With the general election fast approaching, Eastlondonlines spoke to representatives of the four main political parties to hear their plans for cleaner air in ...


Usain Bolt and Mo Farah will thrill crowds at London’s Olympic Park this summer 

27 Apr

The race is on: Olympic Park will host World Championships in August         Pic: Paul Nattall (flikr) The world’s best athletes are coming to London this summer to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World...


Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway – 1894 – 2017 

25 Apr

by local historians, Peter Williams and Mark Gorman We have covered aspects of the Barking Gospel Oak line (sometimes popularly known as the Goblin, or Chimney Pot line) on this website before (see here , in particular) but never in a comprehensive ...


A four year retrospective 

18 Apr

We've reached the fourth anniversary of this website/blog, so a retrospective account seems in order.


“The most interesting personality in the borough of West Ham” (1896) 

10 Apr

This was Forest Gate Weekly News ' description of Gustav Pagenstecher.


E7 restaurants – food rating – March 2017 

31 Mar

This is the third summary of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) cleanliness ratings for Forest Gate eateries; for others, 2014 and 2015, see here and here .


Does Sadiq deserve his ‘Green Mayor’ reputation? 

30 Mar

City Hall.


The Home Front in WW1 Forest Gate – through the eyes of Godwin school 

21 Mar

This is the third of a series of posts based on the school log of Godwin School, from 1883 - 1984, providing a fascinating, worms' eye view of the development of the local area.


Croydon student cycle in memory of tram crash victim 

16 Mar

Winners at last year’s festival.


The 1919 Forest Gate murders 

8 Mar

Henry Perry, aka Beckett, was executed by hanging at Pentonville jail on 10 July 1919 for the murder of four members of the Cornish family, of 13 Stukeley Road - and so became the last person judicially executed for Forest Gate-related killings.


Teenager scales Canary Wharf building 

2 Mar

Gallagher touching the pyramid on One Canada Sq.


Police hunt man wanted for fraud and theft 

1 Mar

Police are looking to identify criminal of fraud and theft.


When Godwin school went to Paris – 1912 

27 Feb

We have featured the history of Godwin school over a number of posts.


The street where you live (8) – Sebert Road 

16 Feb

This is the eighth in an occasional series of articles by local historian, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.


Cyclist dies in Tower Hamlets on cycle superhighway 2 

8 Feb

Cycle superhighway 2 on Whitechapel Road, where a cyclist was killed.


Community Links partners with Catch22 

8 Feb

The partnership sees Community Links continuing to operate with its own identity, a board of trustees, premises and charity number.


Community Links partners with Catch22 

8 Feb

The partnership sees Community Links continuing to operate with its own identity, a board of trustees, premises and charity number.


Bakerloo line extension edges closer 

6 Feb

Elephant Castle tube station, where the Bakerloo line currently ends.


Forest Gate’s first Polish community 

5 Feb

The Polish Educational Society in Forest Gate was formed siixty years ago - in November 1956 - and became the first Polish organisation in East London.


Community Links to deliver What Works Fund project 

31 Jan

Projects across the UK will receive new funding from the Money Advice Service, helping tens of thousands of people manage their money better.


Godwin School ( boys ) log 2 – Godwin and Forest Gate pre WW1 (1900 – 1914) 

30 Jan

This is the second of a series of posts based on the school log of Godwin School, from 1883 - 1984, providing a fascinating, worms' eye view of the development of the local area.


The mosques of Forest Gate 

22 Jan

Around a quarter of Forest Gate's 30,000 population is Moslem and the district is served by 13 mosques.


Unlicensed property landlords in hot soup 

19 Jan

Pic: Melissa Fernando Rogue landlords in Croydon who rent out unlicensed properties face a crackdown by council officers who are preparing to launch prosecutions against the owners of around 30 properties.


Sadiq Khan backed Silvertown Tunnel five weeks after election – despite promising ‘joined-up review’ 

17 Jan

The A102 on a polluted day: Campaigners fear the Silvertown Tunnel will increase pollution and congestion across east and south-east London London mayor Sadiq Khan agreed to continue with Boris Johnson’s plans to build the controversial Silvertown ...


Godwin School ( boys ) log 1 – 1883 – 1984, the origins 

13 Jan

We have been given access to an invaluable document that offers a fascinating insight of 100 years of Forest Gate history - and many of the people who lived here - from a worm's eye view.


East London charity helps brain injury survivors channel pain into painting 

5 Jan

Billy Mann’s artworks are displayed at Stratford Circus Centre.


Forest Gate Industrial school – The 1890 inquest and background to its 1906 closure 

2 Jan

We have written previously about one of the earliest significant institutions to built in Forest Gate: the Industrial School, on Forest Lane.


Forest Gate: scene of Rock Against Racism’s first gig 

12 Dec

We have just passed the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Rock Against Racism, and its first gig at the Princess Alice pub, on Romford/Woodgrange Roads.


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