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30 Heritage Plaques for Forest Gate!
London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present. The scheme is now run by English Heritage (EH) and was started in 1866. It is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world. Before EH took over responsibility, ...
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Schwarzenegger's on-going Romford Road legacy
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. To reach the top of your chosen...
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Charles Mowbray - anarchist revolutionary and Forest Gate-unemployed champion
Charles Mowbray (1856 - 1910) can lay claim to fame to be one of Forest Gate's most controversial political figures. He was an anarchist, who mixed with the Who's Who of the British political left in the last two decades of the nineteenth century and marrie...
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The Dames Road disaster - 27 July 1944
We have written before about the Doodlebug bombing of Dames Road in July 1944, here and here . The local Labour Party held an event outside the Holly Tree on 27 July this year, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the bombing and to remember the dead (see...
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Tres Bon (1) - the first 75 years of St Bonaventure's school
St Bonaventure's school celebrated its 140th
anniversary on 27 August this year. In this, the first of two posts on the school, we take a brief
look at its history,  We are grateful for
Di Halliwell, the school's head of PR for the contents of this post - t...
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Forest Gate Cycling Club, and life on the road at the end of the C19th
We have covered cycling in Forest Gate at the end of the
nineteenth century on this site a number of times before. Notably, when we
traced 14 cycle building workshops in the area, here ; when we described, in
detail, life inside one of them, here ; and when...
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Three authors write on WW2 air raids in Forest Gate
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. They are from the local fire chief of the time, a
school boy, recollecting later in life and from the fic...
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Forest Gate-born Bryan Forbes recalls his local origins
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 ). He first hit the entertainment headlines as question master for BBC's Junior Brains Trust in the 19...
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Forest Gate and 20th Century Penny Dreadfuls
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). The paper was a salacious page turner - almost the classic Victorian 'Penny Dreadful' that entranced its re...
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Forest Gate, and Victorian Penny Dreadfuls (1)
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". It was nothing to do with the police, officially, instead, it almost epitomised the Victorian...
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