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Local History

Norman Roach during the Second World War

History: War veteran describes working on the ground during Battle of Britain

By the Hole (Woodbury Hollow) with a gigantic rooster (Epping Forest District Museum)

History: The 'strange, unusual and humorous' side of 19th century Epping Forest

A plaque dedicated to Thomas Willingale can be found outside of St John's church in Loughton

History of the forest: How one lopper helped save 85,000 acres

The Temple in Wanstead Park. (Postcard dates from 1900-1910)

History of the Temple: Wanstead Park's souvenir from an exotic past

Denys met MP Eric Pickles during his visit to the North Weald Airfield Museum

History: How two lives were saved by wartime acts of mercy

Share UK founder and project manager of 'From Poland to Waltham Forest' Esther Freeman outside Vestry House Museum

HISTORY: Planes, trains and Polish migrants in Waltham Forest

An 85-year-old Betty Jones at the Bungalow Cafe.

History: Memories of the Blitz in Wanstead

The Beatles arrived in Walthamstow for the first time prompting mass hysteria

History: the day The Beatles came to town

An engraving of St Nicholas' Church, Loughton's original parish church

History: The church that was torn down for £80

The red bridge across the River Roding, photographed in the 1920s.

History: The origins of the London Borough of Redbridge

Rags, the Blue Peter pony, pictured.

History behind the world’s first riding centre for people with special needs

Paul Hardcastle's '19' was a massive hit on its release in May1985

Paul Hardcastle returns to Leytonstone home where he recorded '19'

Mrs Gibbs and Janet left the countryside to return to London

The Blackout Kids: Life in Highams Park during the Second World War

Garner and Vi Smith in Labour offices

History: 'A unique couple, whose only goal in life was to serve others'

Funeral director Harold White in his military uniform

VE Day: Soldier's story 70 years after victory declared in Europe

The role of Whipps Cross hospital in the First World War

HISTORY: Whipps Cross Hospital's vital role during First World War

Larkswood Lido during the sweltering summer of 1969

History: Larkswood Lido and its 'ring of confidence'

Ivy (second from right) with colleagues at a Dunhill dinner around the time she wrote the diary

Unearthed diary of a wartime teenager used for social media teaching

Joan Francies today with diaries and photos documenting their friendship

History: The German POW who came to stay

The Three Colts in Buckhurst Hill

History: 'Haunted' pub built next to hangman's point

Th Epping Ongar Railway was opened in 1865

Heritage railway to commemorate 150 years

Picture of Hollow Pond between 1900 and 1910 (credit: Vestry House Museum)

History: How the unemployed helped create Hollow Pond

A vision of New Ongar in the Greater London Plan 1944 (Courtesy of the Mike Ashcroft collection)

History: The new town that could have been

Senior forest keeper Tristan Vetta at Loughton Camp where highwayman Dick Turpin once used as a hideout

Mission to dispel Dick Turpin myths

The statue designed by prisoner of war Rudi Webber

HISTORY: The POW camp which was transformed into a police helicopter base

In 1930, just two years after Britain’s first Speedway meeting was held in High Beech, Ernie Miller opened Epping Forest’s first tea hut in Fairmead Road.

The history of a tea hut with an uncertain future

Epping Forest's haunted history

Epping Forest's haunted history

Lopping Hall opened in Loughton in 1884.

Historic hall to undergo major renovation

George Spill grew up in Capworth Street, Leyton

Soldier's memoir details Burma campaign

Portrait of Sir Josiah Child by John Riley

The life of a merchant who transformed Wanstead Park

Albert Parks.

The impact of the Great War on a church's congregation

Surgeon publishes book on hero

Surgeon publishes book on Churchill

Waterwheel powered gunpowder press (credit Chris Allen)

History of the threatened Royal Gunpowder Mills

Whipps Cross hospital today

The changing face of healthcare at Whipps Cross

The chapel of the old Wanstead Hospital pictured in the Illustrated London News in 1863

The history of the old Wanstead Hospital site revealed

48 years on from the arrest of a notorious police killer

48 years on from the arrest of a notorious police killer

Barry Cryer with Jill Millard Shapiro and Bruce Forsyth at the book launch in August

Remembering the Windmill Theatre 50 years on

A vintage car's history has been traced back to Walthamstow

Search on for previous not-so-careful owners

German owned shops were ransacked in London in 1915 (Imperial War Museum pic)

Project reveals misery of Germans in wartime London

Councillor Bob Mitchell, Chairman of West Essex Conservative Association, with the bust.

Winston Churchill's links to site of new bar and restaurant revealed

Occupiers on George Green (773442)

20 years on from the battle of George Green

Superintendant of Chingford's cottage homes Miss Mary Steer

The untold tale of Chingford's cottage homes for girls

The Rolling Stones in 1964

Author looks to preserve the time the Stones came to town in new book

Derek Bond with some of his collection

‘I had a connection with the Great War’

John Hay hopes to reunite the plaque with the West family (credit: Teesdale Mercury Ltd)

Plaque of gratitude to a fallen soldier

George Mitchell from Leyton

Nephew tells of uncle's 'tremendous bravery' in Second World War battle

The design was put together from Peter Boyce's photographs on Wanstead Flats.

Photographer reveals story of World Cup stamp

The doll taking part in the dummy-run

Blow-up doll in drone dummy-run

Yates Retreat carousel circa 1930 courtesy of Epping forest District Museum

Holidays from yesteryear

Watch shop advert (pictures provided by Loughton and District Historical Society)

High street history book back by popular demand

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