By Tim Lambert

Early Hornchurch

c 1150 A small village exists at Hornchurch

13th Century A church exists on the site of St Andrews. It is called the Horned Church.

1540 Hornchurch has a population of 700 or 800 making it a large village. There is a considerable leather industry in Hornchurch.

1700 Hornchurch is still a large village. It is a popular place for rich people to live because it is close to London.

1801 Hornchurch has a population of over 1,300. Many stagecoaches pass through on their way to and from London. There are several inns in Hornchurch.

1839 A workhouse is built in Hornchurch

1860 The old leather industry has died out but there is a brewery in Hornchurch

1872 Hornchurch gains gas light

1885 Hornchurch railway station opens. As a result the population of Hornchurch booms. People live in the area and commute to London.

1898-1902 Sewers are dug under Hornchurch

1901 Hornchurch gains a piped water supply

1911 Hornchurch now has a population of over 9,000 and it is growing rapidly

1913 The first council houses are built in Hornchurch

1915 A military airfield opens in Hornchurch

1923 The population of Hornchurch is over 12,000. It is popular with commuters.

1925 Hornchurch gains an electricity supply

Modern Hornchurch

1926 Hornchurch is given an urban district council

1932 A cemetery is laid out in Hornchurch

1933 Hornchurch now has a population of over 28,000

1936 The first library opens in Hornchurch

1939 St Georges Hospital is built

1956 A swimming pool is built in Hornchurch

1962 Hornchurch airfield closes

1963 Hornchurch College of Further Education opens

1965 Hornchurch is made part of the London Borough of Havering

1973 Fairkytes Arts Centre opens

1975 Queen's Theatre moves to its present building

1991 Havering College opens

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