Rainham, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Rainham and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

My Early Childhood Years

My grandfather worked at Murex down by the river and I loved being able to pick him up from work on the odd occassion with my late Mum, Dad and younger sister as we would be allowed to see any boats passing. I still love the sight of water ways today and I am nearly 50 years of age, I adore the River Thames ...Read full memory

Blacksmith Great Grandfather

My great grandfather Frederic Fynn, came to Rainham in 1875 after he married Louisa Virgin of Ilford. He had his shop in Back Lane. He had a number of children, one being my grandfather Harry Robert Fynn. My father Henry John Fynn, was also born in Rainham, but I was born in Dagenham, in Becontree Avenue in 1946.

A memory of Rainham by Bernie Fynn

Summers Spent At My Grandparents

My grandparents moved to Rainham in the 1930s and were there during the Second World War. After the war my mother married at St Helen's and St Gile's and when I was born, in 1952, my earliest and fondest memories are of my grandparents' house on Wilfred Avenue. Granddad helped start Rainham F.C. and ...Read full memory

A memory of Rainham by Jane Briggs