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Rokeby School in Canning Town recognised for mentor scheme pairing struggling youngsters with toddlers 

20 Jul

Rokeby School in Canning Town has received an award for its work with a youth mentoring programme.

People’s alliance from Custom House nominated for best voluntary project award 

20 Jul

A people’s alliance in Custom House has been nominated for Charity/Voluntary Project of the Year.

Watch this weekend’s weather forecast: Will it finally rain? 

20 Jul

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

Julia Simic: West Ham United Ladies sign Germany international 

20 Jul

West Ham United Ladies sign Germany international midfielder Julia Simic from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg.

Rapper J Hus to face trial after denying Stratford knife carrying charge 

20 Jul

Rapper J Hus will face trial in December after denying carrying a knife in Stratford.

Docklands London City Airport sees passenger numbers and profits fall, figures reveal 

20 Jul

London City Airport’s profits and passenger numbers fell last year.

The man is going to be permanently green at some pedestrian crossings 

20 Jul

London will be seeing a lot more of the green man at pedestrian crossings under new proposals to get Londoners walking more.

Man has wallet and iPhone stolen after gang perform fake citizen’s arrest 

20 Jul

A gang performed a fake citizen’s arrest on a man at a DLR station before robbing him of his wallet and iPhone.

‘Live life to the full’: Stratford grandmother with cancer plans fundraising dance 

20 Jul

A widow battling cancer is getting her neighbours dancing to defeat loneliness.

Brooke Hendrix: West Ham Ladies sign American defender from Brescia 

19 Jul

West Ham United Ladies sign American defender Brooke Hendrix from Italian side Brescia Calcio Femminile.

Man punched and bitten during robbery at Abbey Road DLR station 

19 Jul

Police are investigating after a man was punched and bitten during a robbery at a train station.

Police officers who helped remove unexploded bomb from King George V Dock given bravery awards 

19 Jul

Two police officers who helped safely remove an unexploded bomb from the King George V Dock have been recognised for their bravery.

Newham pupils win scholarships to study A Levels at the City of London School 

19 Jul

A successful programme run by a secondary school in Forest Gate has resulted in another two more pupils winning scholarships at prestigious colleges.

Manor Park chicken shop banned from selling food after 11pm 

19 Jul

A chicken shop in Manor Park has lost its late licence after it continued to employ an illegal immigrant who had been caught working there TWICE before.

London night czar Amy Lamé receives honorary doctorate from University of East London 

19 Jul

London’s night czar has receieved an honorary doctorate in business administration from the University of East London.

Second blaze put out in Wanstead Flats after 400 square metres of grassland catches fire 

19 Jul

Days after London’s biggest grass fire tore through the grasslands of Wanstead Flats, firefighters sprung into action to prevent a second blaze from taking hold.

Thieves steal 18 bikes from school pupils in East Ham 

18 Jul

Thieves have stolen 18 bikes from schoolchildren in East Ham.

University of East London students walk a mile in memory of Nelson Mandela 

18 Jul

Students and staff from the University of East London walked a mile in memory of Nelson Mandela today (Wednesday).

Hundreds of east Londoners risking lives around Stratford rail tracks 

18 Jul

An east Londoner risks their life by trespassing on railway lines every three days, new figures reveal.

Leanne Kiernan: West Ham United Ladies sign Republic of Ireland forward 

18 Jul

West Ham United Ladies sign Republic of Ireland forward Leanne Kiernan from Shelbourne Ladies.

Wanstead Flats fire: Roads reopen three days after London’s ‘biggest ever grass fire’ 

18 Jul

Road closures have now been removed in the areas surrounding Wanstead Flats after a massive grass fire broke out last Sunday (July 15).

Police in A406 North Circular ‘cash for crash’ scam probe seek man from east London 

18 Jul

Detectives investigating an insurance ‘crash for cash’ scam have released an image of a man they are looking for they think might be living in east London.

‘Don’t drive over our hose’: Wanstead Flats firefighters’ message to careless motorists 

17 Jul

Firefighters are asking motorists to avoid parking their cars on top of their hose as they work to dampen down a major fire in Wanstead Flats.

Q&A: My Newham – period poverty campaigner Becky Dawson 

17 Jul

Giving young people the best start in life is massively important for Becky Dawson.

Recorder letters: Rough sleepers, youth services, walk for charity and help Sooty 

17 Jul

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

Opinion: Sorting out historical financial issues 

17 Jul

It’s been a busy past week and as I progress into my 11th week as the new Mayor of Newham, I’ve been doing a lot of sorting out of important council issues.

OPINION: We need a clean break from the EU 

17 Jul

Very soon after David Cameron resigned in the summer of 2016, I was interviewed on a TV News programme and asked who I think should become the next prime minster.

Newham Council take legal action against Barclays Bank over ‘toxic’ loans 

17 Jul

Newham Council has announced it is taking legal action against Barclays Bank over hundreds of millions of pounds it took out in “toxic” loans.

Newham Council under scrutiny for £40m 'down the drain' in Olympic stadium deal 

17 Jul

Newham council threw £40 million of public money "down the drain" when it backed the flawed deal to turn the Olympic stadium into West Ham's new home, according to an independent report released today.

Wanstead Flats fire: Primary school children write letters to thank firefighters and officers 

17 Jul

Primary school children have thanked the hundreds of firefighters and police officers who battled a major blaze in the grasslands of Wanstead Flats - London’s biggest ever grass fire.

Newham Council ‘wasted £40m of taxpayers’ money on Olympic Stadium deal’ 

17 Jul

Newham Council threw £40 million of public money “down the drain” when it backed the flawed deal to turn the Olympic Stadium into West Ham’s new home, according to an independent report released today.

Victim appeal as paedophile jailed after more than 30 years preying on children in east London 

17 Jul

A paedophile who preyed on ‘vulnerable’ children for more than 30 years has been jailed.

Newham’s Volunteer Police Cadets graduate in passing out parade 

17 Jul

The Newham Volunteer Police Cadets held their passing out parade on Thursday.

Wanstead Flats fire: Community rallies together in support of those evacuated from homes and firefighters 

16 Jul

The community has rallied together after a wildfire engulfed the grasslands of Wanstead Flats yesterday (July 15) - the biggest grass fire in London’s history.

Wanstead Flats fire: Which roads are closed? 

16 Jul

A number of roads remain closed following the major fire which engulfed Wanstead Flats yesterday (July 15) - London’s biggest ever grass fire.

Newham residents spend more than £450 a year on water bills, new study reveals 

16 Jul

Newham is the second worst borough in London for wasting water, according to a new report on the affordability of fresh drinking water across the capital.

Wanstead Flats fire: Skylarks escape London’s ‘biggest ever grass fire’ – but other species may have perished 

16 Jul

Wanstead Flats’ iconic skylarks have escaped the wrath of the huge wildfire that engulfed the grassland yesterday (July 15) - the biggest grass fire in London’s history.

Libraries in Newham are among the best in the country 

16 Jul

Libraries in Newham are among the top 10 in the country.

Newham schools outperform the Sats national average 

16 Jul

It’s not just teenagers who have been taking exams this summer.

Wanstead Flats wildfire named London’s ‘biggest ever grass fire’ as firefighters launch appeal 

16 Jul

An urgent safety warning has been launched after hundreds of firefighters battled a wildfire Wanstead Flats - the biggest grass fire in London’s history.

Programme of workshops, discussions and performances celebrating women comes to Stratford 

16 Jul

Open Doors: Vote 100 is the latest event in Newham to celebrate women receiving the vote.

Maryland man, 23, charged with £300,000 criminal cash conspiracy 

16 Jul

A young man from Newham has appeared in court charged with trying to lay his hands on £300,000 in criminal cash.

Silvertown explosion hero recognised with blue plaque 

16 Jul

When a fire broke out in a Silvertown munitions factory in 1917, Andrea Angel knew how dangerous it could be.

Petition calling for better policing in Newham takes to the streets 

16 Jul

A petition calling for more effective policing across Newham has been launched by a concerned councillor.

More than 200 firefighters battle raging grass fire in Wanstead Flats 

16 Jul

Hundreds of firefighters battled a large blaze in the grasslands of Wanstead Flats.

Police appeal after man points gun at group of males in Forest Gate 

15 Jul

Detectives are appealing for information after a man travelling in a car pointed a gun at a group of males in Forest Gate...

Felipe Anderson: West Ham sign Lazio midfielder for club record fee 

15 Jul

West Ham break their transfer record to sign Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a fee that could rise to £41.5m.

Fabian Balbuena: West Ham sign Paraguay defender from Corinthians 

14 Jul

West Ham sign Paraguay defender Fabian Balbuena from Brazilian side Corinthians on a three-year deal.

Newham Council pays £61million to keep the homeless homeless as scale of housing crisis soars 

14 Jul

There are 4,892 families without a permanent home in Newham, the highest figure for 10 years and a sign of the borough’s growing homelessness crisis.

RAF 100: Airforce photographer inspired by parent’s warime stories 

13 Jul

Corporal Kevan Loosely dreamed of being in the RAF when he listened as a child to his parents tell stories of pilots defending the skies above Britain in World War Two.

Half of pubs in Newham have closed down 

13 Jul

The number of pubs in Newham has halved and the Mayor of London is calling for a “united effort” to save the remaining ones.

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Bonallack’s – coach-builders of Forest Gate 

18 Jul

This site has previously featured manufacturing based in Forest Gate, notably bicycles and the many workshops in the area a hundred years ago.

NHS at 70 (2) – current state of services in E7 

10 Jul

In 2016 we published details of GP surgeries in E7, and how they were rated by their patients (see here ).

NHS at 70 (1): History of the Forest Gate Maternity Hospital 

1 Jul

This is the first of two articles celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS, 5 July 2018 - recording the history of its largest local presence.

Archibald Cameron Corbett – the man and his houses -synopsis of film 

21 Jun

We have written extensively before about Forest Gate's Woodgrange estate and the builder behind it, Archibald Cameron Corbett (see here , here and here ).

Racism in Forest Gate in the 1970s and 1980s Part 2 – the fight back begins 

12 Jun

This is the second part of a post on racism in Forest Gate in the 1970's and 1980's - see the previous article for part one.

Racism in Forest Gate in the 1970s and 1980s Part 1 – the scene is set, as the attacks begin 

3 Jun

The demonstrations outside Forest Gate police station in June 2017 protesting about the death of Edson da Costa, following police action, brought back memories of similar demonstrations over thirty years ago.

Barry’s Meat Market: as one door closes, two open! 

24 May

Saturday 26 May will see Barry's Meat Market, the mainstay of Woodgrange Road's retail offer, close its doors for the last time - but other portals are opening soon! As a thank you present to his loyal local customers, Barry will have a marquee at ...

Serco workers stage protest at east London hospital 

11 May

Serco workers strike for pay.

William Edward Wright – Forest Gate Edwardian photographer 

5 May

We were contacted a while ago by Chris Roach, the Great Granddaughter of prominent Victorian and Edwardian Forest Gate photographer, William Edward Wright.

Tollgate or not Tollgate? 

27 Apr

The origins of our district's name are fairly obvious and well known - the details, less so.

News in Brief 

26 Apr

Industrial site fire in Croydon LFB.

A survivor’s tale – 1941 bombing of the Princess Alice 

20 Apr

One of the delights of running this website is that sometimes articles can prompt replies and memories that can add colour and flavour to our understanding of the past.

Fifth anniversary round up – past and future 

10 Apr

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the E7-NowAndThen blog, during which time we have published a little over 200 articles, on a ratio of about 1:2 - Now:Then.

The good, the bad and criminal of Forest Gate’s Lettings Agents 

1 Apr

Newham Council became the first in the country to publish a ratings scheme for residential lettings agencies, last autumn - with agents being awarded from zero to five stars, depending on their performance.

Uncle Joe knew where you lived! 

22 Mar

A timely post, as the media is awash with stories of Russian spies.

Hackney children battle ‘false’ food advertising in new exhibition 

20 Mar

Artwork by Izack from The Urswick School.

Redevelopment proposals for Woodgrange Methodist Church 

15 Mar

The congregation and pastors of Woodgrange Methodist church, together with the national hierarchy of the Methodist tradition have been working, for about 5 years, on redevelopment plans for the site.

Minnie Baldock’s active suffragette life in letters and photos 

8 Mar

This article is published on International Women's Day, one hundred years after women first achieved the parliamentary vote in Britain.

Happy birthday, Newham Bookshop! 

1 Mar

The familiar frontage - it is what it says on the fascia board Today is World Book Day, and the beginning of the month in which Newham Bookshop - managed by Forest Gate stalwart, Vivian Archer - celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Street guide to E7 food hygiene ratings – 2018 

17 Feb

This is our 2018 summary of the food ratings awarded to almost 200 Forest Gate food retailers, restaurants and hotels, by Newham Council's inspectorate - working to Food Safety Agency guidelines.

Who lived in Claremont Road in 1891? the census returns 

7 Feb

We've written, here , before about the inhabitants of Claremont Road in 1881 - the first census taken after the start of construction of the Woodgrange estate.

Campaigners petition London Mayor in last-ditch effort to stop bulldozing of Hackney Wick artists’ building 

30 Jan

Vittoria Wharf Pic: SaveHackneyWick More than 10,000 people have signed a petition in a final bid to stop the demolition of a Victorian warehouse, which provided affordable workspace for artists in east London, to make way for two new bridges.

Donald Hunter House, Woodgrange Road. 

27 Jan

Local historian and housing specialist, Peter Williams, relates the interesting story behind one of Forest Gate's most prominent land marks: Donald Hunter House.

Claremont Road temporary WW2 fire station 

18 Jan

During research for a book on West Ham Fire Brigade, it emerged that a temporary WW2 fire station had been constructed on Claremont Road, Forest Gate.

The criminal landlords of Forest Gate named and shamed 

7 Jan

The Mayor of London and London Assembly have recently published a list of private sector housing landlords and agents convicted of crimes related to the management of properties they own and rent, and their failure to comply with legislation aimed at...

A survivor’s tale – 1889 Forest Gate Industrial School Fire 

1 Jan

It is always a great delight to get feedback on articles that appear on this website - particularly from families of people whose stories are affected.

Paul Romane’s Upper Cut exhibition – for the record 

20 Dec

Forest Gate Arts' stalwart, Paul Romane, recently curated an excellent exhibition on the Upper Cut club, fifty years after its brief sojourn in Forest Gate, as part of the second council Heritage Week programme.

News In Brief 

14 Dec

Lewisham near bottom of national recycling rates table By Khalid Azizuddin Pic: Joshua Thorpe Lewisham was ranked in the bottom three of all local councils in England for recycling, coming in at number 348 out of 350 councils.

Unique photo and details of Earlham Grove V2 attacks 

12 Dec

We have just acquired a fascinating, captioned, photo from e.

“Barbaric” robbers who burnt victims’ faces with ammonia jailed 

11 Dec

Joshua Jordan and Sadik Kamara.

Samuel Gurney (1786 – 1856) – Forest Gate’s most influential resident 

4 Dec

We have written, in passing, frequently about Samuel Gurney - who has probably been Forest Gate's most influential (both locally and nationally) resident.

Tory mayoral candidate campaign to re-classify south Lewisham stations into cheaper zone 

1 Dec

Ross Archer, the Conservative Candidate for Lewisham Mayor 2018 Pic: Ross Archer A campaign to re-zone several railway stations in the southern part of Lewisham has been launched by the Conservative candidate for the borough Mayoral elections next ...

Offshore Forest Gate 

27 Nov

Meticulous work by Private Eye and friends has tracked down over 100,000 properties in the UK owned by companies based in overseas tax havens - usually for tax avoidance purposes.

E7 properties owned by overseas companies 

27 Nov

The Land Registry has recently made public details of foreign-owned UK properties - many of them held by companies in tax havens, where the ultimate owners can hide behind the anonymity that looser company registration regulations in those ...

London Overground set for 24-hour weekend service 

20 Nov

Night Overground Pic: London.

The journey to Forest Gate – (1) Danuta Gradosielska 

18 Nov

This is the first article in an occasional series about how significant members of various immigrant groups first found their way to Forest Gate, and made an impact here, for both the newcomers and the host community.

Silvertown Tunnel: Government asks TfL to look again at air quality 

14 Nov

Transport for London has been asked to reassess the air quality impact of its proposed Silvertown Tunnel after the Department for Transport delayed making a decision on the controversial new road for another six months.

23 Earlham Grove – an insight into the local housing crisis 

8 Nov

This article is by Peter Williams who did empty property work for Newham Council in the mid 1980s, bringing private homes back into use, often through threatening Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs).

Post-Olympic job boom in Hackney 

7 Nov

Employment rates appear to have risen since the 2012 London Olympics Some 25,000 jobs have been created in Hackney since the London 2012 Olympics, according to a new report.

Tres Bon (2) – St Bon’s illustrious alumni 

30 Oct

This is the second of two posts, celebrating St Bonaventure's school 140th anniversary.

30 Heritage Plaques for Forest Gate! 

20 Oct

London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present.

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 ).

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