I thought it time to add a few items of history for Hornchurch , as I have lived in the area for nearly fifty years. This always starts with a few Trade Directories, it gets my mindset working and introduces the area to myself, adding a great wealth of historical data that I was not really aware of! If only I had taken pictures of the various places I visited 20, 30 or 40 years ago, even last year sometimes. The vivid impressions in ones memories can never be replaced, but how does one share these simple pictures with others?
St Andrews Church, High Street, Hornchurch in 2007
Anyway, Here are a few Directory listings:
In the Great War (the First World War), Hornchurch was an important place for not only the locals, who formed many Battalions involved in this war, but also was an important base for the troops from New Zealand, and a convalescent home for the same. I have enjoyed reading a book on this subject, and it is now available online - through the Gutenberg project.
The burial plot alongside St Andrews church, in Hornchurch, still has many New Zealand graves, and the convalescent home at Grey Towers, now largely a set of allotment plots, has not been built over. The Battalion Headquarters would be the current site of Langtons, opposite the new Queens Theatre.
There is a superb dancing school on the Romford - Hornchurch borders- Anthony Clifford Studios - this is not a history link