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In 1917, a gallery was added to the west end of the chancel, and in 1934 the North Chapel was added.

The local newspapers for the town and the borough of Havering are the Romford Recorder, Romford and Havering Post and Romford Yellow Advertiser. Two radio stations are located in the area: Time 107.5FM [66] and Bedrock (hospital radio)[67]

In 2011, Romford was 82% White British, 5.8% Asian, 5% Other White and 4.7% Black.[41]

Romford's road centre is a dual-carriageway ring-road with three designations:

The red brick Trinity Methodist Church was completed in 1888. It has survived many troubles, including flooding in its opening year, damage on the night of 8/9 December 1940 by enemy action, and an arson attack on Christmas Eve 1980, when the church was only just saved from complete destruction by the presence of a police officer in a patrol car nearby, who managed to call the fire brigade.[55]

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Vue Romford has wheelchair access throughout the venue and in all screens. The venue is all on one level, which you access from the second floor of The Brewery.

There's a car park inside The Brewery, where Vue customers can park for up to four hours for free on Monday through to Saturday between 6am and 6pm, and for free on Sundays. Simply ask a Vue staff member to validate your ticket before leaving the venue.

A man who abandoned his car on the A12 has been ordered to pay £940.

An industrial dispute doesn’t sound like a great premise for a musical, but the story of the 1968 Ford machinists strike is bursting with drama, excitement, romance and plenty of laughs.

Romford is the perfect place for a night out, whether you want a quiet pub drink, meal in one of the many restaurants or a dance in one of the nightclubs.

A new bus fare that allows passengers to take a second journey for free within one hour of tapping in has proven a success.

In 2013 the film Death Walks was filmed in Romford over a four-month period.

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The Church is built in the 13th century English Gothic style in coursed ragstone with a red-tiled roof and a central wooden belfry, topped by a splayed-foot spire and small dormers at the west end. The plan is of an aisle-less nave with a lower chancel, north chapel and south porch with a stair tower for the gallery (all at the west end of the church), with a sacristy linking it to the presbytery in the north-east corner. The windows are of Bath stone.[53]

The Havering Show kicks off from 11am today at Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, with a line-up featuring something for everyone.

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In Romford you will find 400 great shops, restaurants, cafés across the town in four shopping centres, along with an outdoor traditional market dating back to 1247.

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EastEnders and West End star John Partridge is urging the borough’s youngsters to take part in the UK’s biggest glee club competition.

“Kidspace is a brilliant place for all ages and adults. The staff are friendly & helpful & the annual pass is excellent value for money. My son loves going here and going down the slides and hiding on one of the many levels. A place well worth visiting.”

National Express operate a daily 481 service from London to Ipswich via Colchester, and a daily 484 service from London to Walton-on-the-Naze via Colchester and Clacton.

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There will be no Transport for London (TFL) service between Stratford and Shenfield over the weekend.

Renowned West End star Marti Webb said she is looking forward “immensely” to her first performance at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.

The thought-provoking work of a young playwright will open a festival of fresh and innovative plays in Havering.

There are several churches in Romford. Confusingly, two of them are dedicated to Edward the Confessor, one of England's two kings that were made saints, and who lived at Havering-atte-Bower nearby. The main church, which is Anglican, is Romford's original church and situated in Market Place, in the heart of the town. The other one, which is Roman Catholic, is located to the north of the town centre, in Park End Road.

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“Having two little boys, Kidspace offers all the fun they can handle! Good value for money. The staff are really friendly and good with kids. After a few hours of play, once we get home they are asking to go to bed!”

There's convenient parking at The Brewery multi-storey car park, with well-priced parking during the week and free parking on Sunday.

Vue Romford is located on the second floor of The Brewery, with both lift and escalator access from the complex to the venue. The nearest bus stop is 500 metres from the entrance and Romford train station is 450 metres away.

The famous Romford Market is held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with extra trading days in the run up to Christmas.

Located in The Brewery, Vue Romford has 16 screens with over 3700 seats.

The cult TV series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was set in the fictional Darkplace hospital, in Romford.

Romford's position as a focus for electronic music production was reinforced by the presence of the Strictly Underground and Suburban Base record labels, with Suburban Base developing from the Boogie Times record store.[64] According to a Billboard article in 1992, Romford-produced dance music formed part of a trend favouring suburban and provincial "bedroom" record labels over those in central London.[65]

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The Havering Museum is open on Wednesday to Friday, 12pm to 5pm, and Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

There is plenty of room for parking with 5,000 spaces. Parking is free on Sundays. The town centre is only a short walk from the railway station and there are more than 30 bus routes serving Romford.