Publications

PUBLICATIONS BY THE SOCIETY ARE FOLLOWED BY RECOMMENDED PUBLICATIONS BY INDEPENDENT AUTHORS

Woodford – 80 Years of Memories 1932 – 2012 was published in 2012 (115 illustrated black and white pages in A4 format) to mark the 80th Anniversary of Woodford Historical Society. Contributions from members of the Society and local community cover aspects of life in Woodford including memories of schooling, local organisations, wartime, shopping areas, business etc. and, of course, stories of our local MP Sir Winston Churchill. Priced at £9.99 + £2.20 postage if required, copies are available from John Lovell, Chairman of Woodford Historical Society. Click on contact us or phone 020 8505 3640. BACK IN STOCK.

Woodford Village to Suburb by Margery Smith was originally edited and published by Ernest Fulcher in 1982 to mark the Society’s Golden Jubilee and as a tribute to the author. This edition was revised and edited by Peter Lawrence in 2007 (51 illustrated black and white pages in A5 format) to coincide with the Society’s 75th Anniversary. Beginning with the area in the 1100s, the book provides histories of the large houses which were built, a timeplan of more recent developments including population increase from the 1851 census to 2001 and the history of roads, transport and inns. Priced at £4.00 + £1.20 postage if required, copies are available from John Lovell, Chairman of Woodford Historical Society. Click on contact us or phone 020 8505 3640

Woodford in the 1930s was originally published in 1992 (72 illustrated black and white pages in A5 format) to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Woodford Historical Society. Compiled by Ernest Fulcher, the book looks back to the 1930s at aspects of the area ranging from schools and education, the development of the railway, leisure and entertainment, shops etc. to extracts from the local paper. Priced at £4.00 + £1.20 postage if required, copies are available from John Lovell, Chairman of Woodford Historical Society. Click on contact us or phone 020 8505 3640

A Pictorial Review of Old Woodford 1900 – 1930 (Volume 1) was compiled by Graham Essl and Peter Lawrence. It was first published in 1986 (24 fully illustrated black and white pages in A5 format) and contains a collection of 46 photographs of Old Woodford. Priced at £3.00 + 90p postage if required, copies are available from John Lovell, Chairman of Woodford Historical Society. Click on contact us or phone 020 8505 3640

A Pictorial Review of Old Woodford 1900 – 1930 (Volume 2) was compiled by Graham Essl, Reg Fowkes and Peter Lawrence. It was first published in 1986 (24 fully illustrated black and white pages in A5 format) and contains a collection of 46 photographs of Old Woodford. Priced at £3.00 + 90p postage if required, copies are available from John Lovell, Chairman of Woodford Historical Society. Click on contact us or phone 020 8505 3640

A Pictorial Review of Old Wanstead was compiled by Reg Fowkes and Peter Lawrence in association with Graham Essl. It was first published in 1986 (26 pages) and contains a collection of fascinating photographs of Old Wanstead. Priced at £3.00 + 90p postage if required, copies are available from John Lovell, Chairman of Woodford Historical Society. Email: chairman@woodfordhistoricalsociety.co.uk or contact us. All proceeds go to the Society.
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The Coffee House at Woodford, a popular book by Eve Lockington and Win Trickey, has recently been reprinted. It tells the story of the Temperance Coffee House, Mill Lane (on the Woodford-Walthamstow boundary), and the Ensom family who ran it, c 1880-1930. The shop is now a hairdressing salon. You can buy the book for £6.95 from the Village Bookshop, Woodford; the Book Shop in High Rd, Loughton; or by post, from Chris Pond (020 8508 2361).

The Grand Commuters by Lynn Haseldine Jones (ISBN is 978-1-905269-17-4, published by Loughton and District Historical Society). Lynn has spent some years researching the families of Victorian and Edwardian Buckhurst Hill. These ‘grand commuters’ were influential in religion and politics locally, and their influence can be discerned even today. For the most part their large houses have disappeared but their names live on. The book is in A5 format and has 48 pages. It is illustrated with a range of black & white views from the author’s collection. It is priced £4.50 and is available from the Village Bookshop, Woodford. We have not read or reviewed this book and therefore cannot comment on it.

Square London by Gary Powell investigates the history of the London square 114 squares in fact. From 1633 up to now. The focus is on the life of the square, its occupants past and present, significant events of national importance and the secrets of individual buildings and their tenants. The book is available from the author, who lives locally, for £12.99 or from Amazon for £9.09 (as at 26 October 2012). The author will sign copies for members. We have not read or reviewed this book and therefore cannot comment on it. To contact the author please phone Gary Powell on 0208 220 0851 or email (no link to this site) powellgary_54@yahoo.co.uk

New Book by Georgina Green

Sir Charles Raymond of Valentines and the East India Company by Georgina Green

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184 pages (b/w) size 7.44 x 9.69 in or 246 x 189 mm (Crown 4vo)

40 b/w illustrations.

Paperback, ISBN   978-0-9507915-2-4, Price £15.00

Meticulously researched, Georgina Green’s Sir Charles Raymond of Valentines and the East India Company offers readers a detailed biography of a successful eighteenth-century sea captain whose Oriental fortune laid the foundations for domestic comfort and commercial achievement at home in Georgian Essex.

Raymond’s later life in the City of London managing ships for the East India Company, as a director of the Sun Fire Office and later as a banker, earned him respect and a baronetcy. Living at Valentines in modern day Ilford, Raymond’s success attracted other retired captains – relations and business colleagues, to live nearby in Ilford and Woodford.

Ilford in the eighteenth century was a small village in the parish of Barking and has, until now, been considered a poor relation of the affluent communities that flouted their success with prestigious houses in Woodford and Wanstead. Georgina’s research challenges that perception by revealing new evidence of Ilford’s importance in the Georgian era. It also highlights the careers of several men who later lived at Woodford and are buried at St Mary’s. Their adventures include sea battles and capture by the French!

Without these captains who carried their cargo the East India Company would never have become a major force in India. The book includes new material about voyages at sea, the risks and rewards, backed up by statistical information.

Readers will encounter Georgian Britain in the round. Trade, politics, marriage, culture, business, sociability, neighbourhood and material life were intertwined in the life of Sir Charles Raymond, just as they were woven through the foundation of Britain’s Indian empire.

Georgina Green has been well known as a local historian in Redbridge and the Epping Forest area for over 30 years and has written several other books about the history of the area.

Publication date 4th August 2015

Copies available from:   Hainault Press, 24 Henry’s Walk, Hainault, Ilford, Essex IG6 2NR

Please enclose a cheque made payable to Georgina Green for £15.00 which includes postage.