Forgotten Stories

The colourful history of people who lived and worked around London’s Royal Docks.

Forgotten Stories: Whale meat again…

Local journalist and historian Colin Grainger recalls the childhood song that dates back to the day in 1899 when a 30-ton whale met its grisly end on the banks of the River Thames in North Woolwich. read more…

Forgotten Stories – the 1917 Silvertown Explosion (part two)

In the second part of this special this special edition of Forgotten Stories we remember The Silvertown Explosion through the eyes and ears of relatives and friends of those who were about on the fateful day, and those who remember the stories of the horrors that were passed on to them.
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Centenary of the 1917 Silvertown Explosion – how it happened

Ammunition supplies soon began to dwindle in World War I as Britain was unprepared for a long conflict. One of the sites the Ministry of Munitions investigated to produce the various components of ammunition, such as the volatile explosive TNT, was the Brunner Mond chemical works at Crescent Wharf in Silvertown. read more…