Colin Grainger

Forgotten Stories

What a pen and ink! Smells that left rich memories in our brains

The Royal Docks area has a rich history in every sense – literally. We’ve often think back to the events of our manor and the sights we have seen. But the smells and tastes also […]

Feb, 03

Magical tales of hop-picking – songs, laughs and happy days galore

For many Royal Docks area families it was their only holiday. The working and living conditions would have today’s ‘elf and safety police up in arms. But it’s almost impossible to find anyone who never […]

Oct, 30

The uninvited guest who dropped in – and helped fund the fightback against Hitler

How the Miracle of Grenadier Street Turned the Tables on Hitler sounds like it should be title of a film or book. But our latest in the Forgotten Stories series is a gem amidst the […]

Jun, 27

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’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


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