Colin Grainger

East London

The sweet smells and tastes of Newham’s Royal Docks community…

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

Mar, 01

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

Killed in the line of duty: Twenty years on – our debt to Pc Nina Mackay

It was – and still is – one of the most shocking crimes in the history of Newham. Policewoman Nina Mackay paid with her life as she tried to help colleagues. She was the first […]

Oct, 23

The Ferry Festival – an event with a special place in the hearts of the ‘island’ community of North Woolwich and Silvertown

Of all the marvellous tales that have been captured both in words and on film in the Forgotten Stories series there is one event in local history that has a special place in the hearts […]

Jul, 26

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

The life of a hero of the Silvertown Explosion – firefighter Henry Vickers

It is always an honour when something you have written reveals more about one of life’s true heroes. And today I am happy to share memories of one of the legends of the Silvertown Explosion […]

Jan, 29

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

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