The pub history sites are regularly updated by Stephen and Kevan, plus an 'open' group of like-minded individuals on a daily basis; and anyone is welcome to contribute. To contact the pubs history site, please email deadpubs<
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:
Hornchurch 1832-33 Pigots Directory
Hornchurch 1841 census & 1841 census search engine
Hornchurch 1848 Whites Directory - 1848 Commercial & Private Residents
Hornchurch 1855 Post Office Directory & Private residents - 1855 Commercial Traders
Hornchurch 1861 census - enumerators walk part 1 - enumerators walk part 2 - enumerators walk part 3
Hornchurch 1862 Post Office Directory & Private Residents - 1862 Commercial Traders
Hornchurch 1866 Imperial Gazetteer
Hornchurch 1874 Post Office Directory - 1874 Private Residents - 1874 Commercial
Hornchurch 1878 Kelly's Directory - 1878 Private Residents - 1878 Commercial
Hornchurch 1882 Kelly's Directory - 1882 Private Residents - 1882 Commercial
Hornchurch 1886 Kelly's Directory - 1886 Private Residents - 1886 Commercial
Hornchurch 1894 Kelly's Directory - 1894 Private Residents - 1894 Commercial
Hornchurch 1902 Kelly's Directory - 1902 Private Residents - 1902Commercial
Hornchurch 1910 Poster of Contents sale at the Good Intent
Hornchurch 1914 Kelly's Directory - 1914 Private Residents - 1914 Commercial
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.
The Church at St Andrews., St Andrews web site
Hornchurch Public Houses , South Hornchurch Public Houses , Harold Wood Public Houses, Squirrels Heath Public Houses , Upminster (parts listed in Hornchurch)
Hornchurch changes in the last 30 years
There is a superb dancing school on the Romford - Hornchurch borders- Anthony Clifford Studios - this is not a history link
The pub history sites are regularly updated by Stephen and Kevan, plus an 'open' group of like-minded individuals on a daily basis; and anyone is welcome to contribute. To contact the pubs history site, please email deadpubs
The Google local search of the pub history site. Try it out!