Forgotten Stories

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

Forgotten Stories: hop-picking in the fields of Kent

For many Royal Docks area families it was their only holiday. The working and living conditions would have today’s ‘elf and safety police up in arms. But as journalist and historian Colin Grainger recalls, it’s almost impossible to find anyone who didn’t love hop-picking in the fields of Kent. read more…

Forgotten Stories: Black Saturday

Attacks from the air during World War II had a devastating effect on London’s Royal Docks and the people who lived and worked in the area. The bombings began in July, 1940, but the start of what’s known as The Blitz was marked later that year by Black Saturday. read more…

Forgotten Stories – the Great Flood of ’53

The magnificent Thames Flood Barrier at Silvertown protects London from flooding. But the communities around London’s Royal Docks were not always so lucky. We bring you Forgotten Stories that shaped the past and present of this iconic part of the capital city. read more…

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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