During the wild weather and blizzards that gripped Essex in January 1881 the body of a woman was found in Romford by a man testing the drifts with a hoe. She had set out in the terrible weather to visit her sick husband at the Romford Union Workhouse Infirmary and been entombed in snow. In June 1903, the weather caused it to rain in Romford for 60 hours without a break, inevitably leading to severe flooding, the longest continuous rainfall in the weather history of the town. On morning of 22nd August 1987 the temperature was measured at 29C, but the humidity of the conditions meant that the weather took a turn for the worse in the afternoon and the heavens opened. The rain was so severe that 100 homes were flooded in Romford and the weather also brought huge hailstones to various parts of Essex.
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The first record of Romford is from 1177, when the village stood at the location on the River Beam (later renamed the Rom) where there was a crossing point for the main London-Colchester Road. The town received its Royal Charter in 1247 and the market that was established became significant for many of the rural industries in the area. Romford became well known as a centre for grinding corn and the production of leather goods, as well as other industries. The railway came to the town in 1839 and sparked a rapid growth of industry and housing. The town grew so fast that a second line and station were opened in Romford in 1892 to connect Romford to Tilbury Docks. Whilst the industrial heyday of Romford was probably in the 1970’s, the expansion of London has meant that Romford remains an important centre of population and business even though many of its industries have gone.
There are many well known people who have called Romford home. Footballers, Frank Lampard and Jonjo Shelvey were born and educated in Romford. As was pop singer Jessie J and dance band, Underworld, were formed in Romford. Thomas Hammond, who was an officer in the New Model Army during the English Civil War was a son of Romford and infamous as one of the men responsible for the regicide of Charles I.