Colin Grainger

Forgotten Stories

How the floods of the 1950s shaped our past and present

London is thankfully protected from flooding today thanks to the structure dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World – the magnificent Thames Flood Barrier at Silvertown. But the community in and around the Royal Docks […]

Mar, 31

Day a giant whale lost her way in Thames at North Woolwich

There’s a long tradition in East London both for children and adults of putting your own lyrics to popular songs…many of us still do it frequently today. And in the age of phone apps, YouTube […]

Feb, 20

Poignant anniversary of the shocking Silvertown Explosion – an ‘accident waiting to happen’

One hundred years ago saw an event in Silvertown’s history that many believed was “an accident waiting to happen”. In this special edition of londonsroyaldocks.com’s Forgotten Stories section we remember The Silvertown Explosion through the […]

Jan, 10

Happy memories of Christmas past

Christmas is a special time…even in what might now been described as poor or deprived childhoods. But those of us who lived in those times never saw our lives as deprived. Christmas was a joy […]

Dec, 15

Vivid recollections of wartime evacuation…drama and tears

 When a loved one passes away it is a time of great sadness but also a chance to celebrate their life. In the months after, gems about that person’s life can be unearthed and to […]

Sep, 21

East London story that changed the course of the war

The Royal Docks and London’s East End suffered mass devastation during the Second World War. From Black Saturday on September 7 1940, the lives of locals changed forever. But the latest in our Forgotten Stories […]

Aug, 23

Magical moment in history that shaped a young man’s life

Bill Grainger was just 12 when he saw the magical moment in Newham’s history that changed his life and ignited his passion in the sea. He was one of 100,000 who witnesses the famous Mauretania […]

Jul, 06

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