Colin Grainger

Royal Docks

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

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

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

Marvellous memories maintaining Royal Docks history – as future looks bright

A new online history archive recalling tales of Newham’s history and the characters and events that shaped the Royal Docks of London’s East End has been launched. London’s Royal Docks have lovingly collected and collated […]

Nov, 02

Revealed: The whereabouts of the Iron Lung…who took the pissoir?

New York, London, Paris … people in Newham have wanted to know for nearly 25 years what happened to one of their local landmarks – a listed cast iron ornate gents’ urinal. It was said to […]

Jul, 22

London City Airport development plans are approved

NEWHAM Council’s Strategic Development Committee granted planning permission for the development of London City Airport as well as a 260-bedroom hotel. Councillors voted to grant permission for the development at the meeting at the Old […]

Feb, 07

Real Olympics Legacy ignored in Government’s rush to claim credit says Sir Robin Wales

The real legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been ignored by ministers in their rush to claim credit for their achievements. That is the response from Mayor of Newham and former member […]

Jul, 21

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