A treasure trove of local history from a dedicated East Hammer

Any East Hammer, or indeed any Newhamite who has an interest in their local area and its history will not fail to be fascinated by the work of Anil Vekaria. Inspired by memories shared with him by his neighbours, themselves lifelong residents and some from local families stretching back several generations, Anil has delved deep… Read More A treasure trove of local history from a dedicated East Hammer

Comfort and Joy at the GRA Winter Market – Part 1

Today saw another super-successful GRA Community Market, this one with a distinctively seasonal feel. The vibe was warm and friendly, and there were delicious cakes, samosas and mulled wine, eye-catching jewellery, vintage goods and pottery, cosy knitting, funky ties and all sorts of festive decs to be had…to name but a few! But if you… Read More Comfort and Joy at the GRA Winter Market – Part 1

Plagiarism and a Tale of Two Hams: the East Ham Coat of Arms

I first became curious when admiring the unusual architecture of Greatfield’s Brooks Avenue. Between the first and second storey of each block (and partly obscured by the odd satellite dish) was a framed plasterwork shield with the words ‘Progressio cum populo’ floating below it. It appeared to feature a ship, what looked like a shepherd’s… Read More Plagiarism and a Tale of Two Hams: the East Ham Coat of Arms