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Cancer charity marches into Stratford ahead of fundraising walk 

25 May

A men’s health charity arrived in Stratford on Friday with an installation raising awareness of prostate cancer.


New mayor thanks outgoing councillors in first full council meeting 

25 May

In her first full council meeting as mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz paid tribute to the councillors no longer serving.


Mayor cuts special allowances to councillors in bid to make council payments more transparent 

25 May

The mayor has pledged to cut the amount councillors get paid for carrying out extra duties.


Stratford vocal coach ‘incredibly grateful’ to arrange song for Royal Wedding 

25 May

When Mark De-Lisser received the phone call asking him to create an arrangement of Ben E King’s classic hit Stand by Me for the Royal Wedding, his initial reaction was disbelief.


Watch this bank holiday weekend’s weather forecast: sunny and warm with a chance of thunder 

25 May

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


Signal failure causes delays on District line 

25 May

Travellers hoping to use the District line this afternoon can expect minor delays on the Tube due to a signal failure.


Art collective to deliver workshops in Plaistow about using recycling to make art 

25 May

An art collective is teaching people in Plaistow and Canning Town how to make sculptures out of recycled materials.


Mayor of Newham removes her right to ‘final say’ on decisions and promises more resident consultations in first full council meeting 

24 May

The mayor of Newham unveiled the new-look Newham Council at a meeting last night.


East Ham chicken shop’s licence suspended after customer allegedly stabbed by employee 

24 May

A fried chicken shop has had its licence suspended after a customer was allegedly stabbed in the face by a member of staff.


Newham Council’s cabinet members for health and environment announced 

24 May

Newham Council’s cabinet members for health and the environment have been announced.


West Ham: James Collins and Patrice Evra to leave this summer 

24 May

Defenders James Collins and Patrice Evra will leave West Ham when their contracts expire on 30 June.


Scouts meet East Ham MP Stephen Timms to discuss new inclusivity and employability strategy 

24 May

East Ham MP Stephen Timms met scouts on Wednesday during a visit to Parliament.


Commuters facing rush hour delays after A13 Beckton crash and Barking fire 

23 May

Commuters are set to face congestion on the roads this evening - and that’s if they even made it in at all.


Free community event expected to draw hundreds returning to Canning Town 

23 May

An annual free community festival in Canning Town is set to return this summer.


Traffic chaos continues following A13 Beckton crash and Barking fire 

23 May

The A13 remains partially closed in the London-bound direction following a collision between two lorries this morning.


Long read: Changes to GCSE exams in bid to create new wave of talent 

23 May

It’s the time of the year that every teenager - and their parents - dread: GCSE exams.


West Ham: Manuel Pellegrini to be given record funds this summer 

23 May

West Ham will give new manager Manuel Pellegrini a larger transfer budget this summer than they have "spent in any window in the past", says club co-owner.


Unicef moves head office to Stratford 

23 May

Children’s charity Unicef is moving its London headquarters to Stratford.


Pictures from The Rolling Stones’ sell-out London Stadium gig last night 

23 May

The Rolling Stones played their first show in London in five years last night, performing at the London Stadium.


Delays and cancellations to high speed train services between Ebbsfleet and Stratford 

23 May

Commuters using the high speed service face delays and cancellations this morning due to urgent track repairs between Ebbsfleet and Stratford Intenational.


A13 partially closed after crash involving two lorries near Beckton 

23 May

The A13 is partially closed this morning following a serious collision between two lorries.


A13 underpass in Canning Town transformed into urban artwork 

22 May

A section of the A13 underpass in Canning Town has been transformed into a work of art.


Jailed: East Ham fraudster who ran fake ID scam 

22 May

A fraudster from East Ham has been jailed for running a fake identity document distribution ring involving counterfeit passports and driving licences.


Ian Mckenzie, political advisor to Newham mayor, steps down over derogotary Islamic State tweets about shadow home secretary Emily Thornberry 

22 May

The mayor of Newham’s political advisor has stepped down over derogotary tweets he wrote about the shadow home secretary.


Lenny Henry to star at Theatre Royal Stratford East 

22 May

Actor and comedian Lenny Henry is set to take to the Theatre Royal Stratford East stage.


Q&A: Layla Conway 

22 May

London Legacy Development Corporation’s Layla Conway talks about her gran, affordable housing and positive opportunities for the borough’s youngsters...


Community view: Wishing our new mayor good luck 

22 May

I believe interesting and potentially exciting times lie ahead for Newham over the next four years.


Newham’s £200,000 National Lottery winner collects prize one month after draw 

22 May

A lucky Newham lottery player has claimed a jackpot worth nearly £200,000.


Database ‘names and shames’ London’s lax landlords 

22 May

Rogue landlords, look out! All London boroughs have signed up for an online database allowing residents to ‘name and shame’ dodgy property owners.


Boleyn Tavern: Former favourite West Ham pre-match pub in Upton Park has been sold 

22 May

A 118-year-old Upton Park pub synonymous with West Ham has been sold to another chain.


Four arrested and weapon found following incident which left A13 partially closed 

22 May

Four men have been arrested after an incident which left the A13 partially closed last night.


Manuel Pellegrini set to be named West Ham boss 

22 May

Manuel Pellegrini will be confirmed as the new West Ham manager on Tuesday, succeeding David Moyes.


Knife crime campaigner from Stratford gets special invite to the Royal Wedding 

21 May

A 15-year-old pupil from Stratford had a front row seat to the Royal Wedding on Saturday.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donate Royal Wedding flowers to hospice that cares for patients from Newham and Tower Hamlets 

21 May

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have donated flowers from their Royal Wedding on Saturday to a hospice that cares for patients from Newham and Tower Hamlets.


A13 partially closed due to ‘police incident’ at Prince Regent Lane junction 

21 May

The A13 is closed westbound between the Beckton flyover and Prince Regent Lane this evening.


Rail operator c2c announces amendments to rush hour timetable 

21 May

If you’re using c2c to get home, your train could be leaving earlier than expected - or not calling at your stop at all.


Worshippers take action after mosque in Forest Gate is sold 

21 May

Worshippers from Forest Gate protested outside the headquarters of the Charity Commission after discovering the site of their current mosque has been sold.


Jubilee Line to be hit by two strikes next month 

21 May

Staff are set to walk out next month (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Tube drivers on the Jubilee Line will strike for two days next month in a row over new timetables.


Jubilee Line Tube drivers to strike over timetable row 

21 May

Drivers on the Jubilee Line will walk out for 24 hours on 6 and 14 June, the RMT union announces.


Jubilee line drivers to strike for two days next month 

21 May

Jubilee line drivers are to strike for two days next month in a row over new timetables.


Careworkers in Stratford, Wapping and the Docklands recognised for their dedication 

21 May

A campaign has been launched to celebrate careworkers in Stratford, Wapping and the Docklands.


Body of missing Stratford man found in river running through Olympic Park 

21 May

The body of a missing 19-year-old man has been pulled from river in the Olympic Park.


James Collins: West Ham defender set to leave club 

20 May

Former Wales defender James Collins is set to leave West Ham after 10 years and two spells at the Premier League club.


Watch this weekend’s weather forecast: The sun shines on a Royal Wedding 

18 May

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


Barking mosque to support Beckton hospice during Ramadan 

18 May

A Barking mosque is giving its support to Richard House Children’s Hospice during Ramadan this year.


Bobby Moore Academy appoints new executive headteacher 

18 May

The Bobby Moore Academy has appointed a new executive headteacher to oversee both sections of the all-through school.


Football club’s fun run for Beckton charity 

18 May

Footballers are set to swap the pitch for the pavement when they take on a 10km run for charity.


Theatre Royal Stratford East holding open auditions for new show 

18 May

Have you ever wanted to perform on stage at Theatre Royal Stratford East...


Robot service and interactive mirrors: Zara opens futuristic store at Westfield Stratford City 

18 May

Online and in store shopping have been merged with the opening of a pioneering shop at Westfield Stratford City that will see up to 2,400 orders handled simultaneously.


Ronan Point: Ex-builder uses concrete beams from tower block to build his home in Romford 

18 May

An ex-builder is living in a house made from old pieces of Ronan Point.


The Royal wedding is here at last! 

18 May

Today’s the big day and I’m not talking about the FA Cup final.


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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 ).


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.


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