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23rd Aug, 2010 at 4:54pm
 
well tues eve see's the start of the new season at the meadow & our 1st visitors,weather permitting, are afc hornchurch but did u know ....

Hornchurch is a large suburban town in northeast London, England and part of the London Borough of Havering. It is located 15.2 miles (24.5 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross and is one of the locally important district centres identified in the London Plan. It comprises a number of shopping streets and a large residential area. It historically formed a large ancient parish in the county of Essex that became the liberty of Havering. The economic history of Hornchurch is underpinned by a shift away from agriculture to other industries and the growing significance of nearby Romford as a market town and centre of administration. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Hornchurch significantly expanded and increased in population, becoming an urban district in 1926 and has formed part of Greater London since 1965. It is the location of Queen's Theatre and Havering Sixth Form College.

Hornchurch is an Anglicised version of the Latin Monasterium Cornutum, a term that was also applied to the mother Abbey in Savoy. The earliest recorded use here was in 1222, meaning 'church with horn-like gables' and it was recorded as Hornechurch in 1233. The horned bull's head mounted on the eastern end of St Andrew's Church, near the town centre dates from much later; around the 18th Century.

Stone Age tools, Bronze age and Iron age artefacts have been discovered in Hornchurch, indicating a lengthy occupation in pre-history. Roman remains, sufficient to indicate a settlement have also been found in South Hornchurch. Hornchurch originates from around the 12th century when Henry II gave 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) to the hospice of St Nicholas and St Bernard, Mountjoux, in Savoy as a gift. A prosperous priory and church were established in Hornchurch, near the parish church, but the monks were forced out during the 14th century when a new law banned foreign land ownership. The lands were then given to Lord Chancellor William of Wykeham who made major renovations to the church. He subsequently gave Hornchurch to endow New College, Oxford, which still owns all the local church lands and buildings. Due to this, Saint Andrew's church was not adopted into the Diocese of Chelmsford until agreement was reached in the 1930s. The parish remains staffed by a Vicar temporal and his curates.

Historically, the parish was conterminous with the Royal Manor and Liberty of Havering-atte-Bower, with Hornchurch village - then known as Suttons Manor, located in the south of the area. From the time of Edward the Confessor, the land was in Royal ownership - passing to William the Conqueror at the conquest. In 1086, the name Havering was applied to the entire district. Hornchurch Urban District was formed in 1926 from part of Romford Rural District. In 1934 it was enlarged to include Upminster, Cranham, and North Ockendon although none are today considered part of Hornchurch. The council offices were located at Langtons until 1965 when the present-day London Borough of Havering was formed.

During World War I and World War II nearby Hornchurch Airfield was an important RAF station; it was known as RAF Suttons Farm during WWI, with its HQ as far away as Upminster Hall. During WWII, the airfield was known as RAF Hornchurch, and was home mostly to a number of Spitfire squadrons, with an advanced sub-station at Rayleigh. The land has since been reused for a large housing development and Hornchurch Country Park. Like most suburbs of London, Hornchurch had been entirely rural until the arrival of the railway which spurred huge property development during the early 1900s. Whole estates were constructed such as Emerson Park to the north. Development was fuelled further by the arrival of the electrified District Line during the 1930s with inter and post war housing developments south and west of Hornchurch in places such as Elm Park.

Population 25,470 (Hacton and St Andrew's wards 2007)
OS grid reference TQ535865
    - Charing Cross 15.2 mi (24.5 km)  WSW
London borough Havering
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HORNCHURCH
Postcode district RM11, RM12
Dialling code 01708
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Hornchurch and Upminster
London Assembly Havering and Redbridge

AFC Hornchurch are a non-League football team based in Hornchurch, Greater London, England.

The club formed in 2005 when Hornchurch Football Club suffered financial problems and was closed down. A.F.C. Hornchurch played in the Essex Senior Football League, an English football league covering Essex and east London, during the 2005-06 season, where they were champions at the first attempt, and followed this up by winning the Isthmian League Division One North title in 2006-07.

The Hornchurch home kit has a red and white striped shirt and black shorts whilst the away kit has blue and white striped shirt and blue shorts.

AFC Hornchurch started off their life in the Essex Senior League. The new club proved to be highly successful on the pitch embarking on an unbeaten run from the second game of the season through to the start of December. The Urchins recorded a record attendance for the league when 702 fans attended Bridge Avenue to watch the derby match with Romford which Hornchurch won 3-0. The club went on to win the league, with six games to spare, finishing with a league record of 78 points. Hornchurch completed a treble by winning both the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and the Westview Essex Senior League Challenge Cup. The season was tarnished for the club somewhat by the death of Club President and founder, Jim Bradshaw, in February 2006. Prior to the new club's formation Bradshaw had been at Hornchurch since 1971.

They reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup in season 2007-08. In 2008-09 they improved on this by reaching the first round, when they were drawn at home to Peterborough United. This match attracted a strong crowd of 3000.

In the first two seasons before promotion to the Isthmian Premier, AFC Hornchurch achieved the highest average gates in their league. They attracted a crowd of over 1000 for a match against Welling United in the latter stages of qualifying for the FA Cup in 2006-07. A pre-season friendly against West Ham United in 2005-06 attracted an attendance of 911. AFC Hornchurch last season achieved an average home league attendance of 330. The fans run a fanzine called The Eastside which is out every month for £1.

AFC Hornchurch play at Hornchurch Stadium, Bridge Avenue, Upminster - also home to an athletics club. The stadium has two stands, the River Side and the East Side. In addition to this, during the 2008-09 season when AFC Hornchurch reached the first round of the FA Cup, a temporary stand was erected at the end nearest the clubhouse.

Honours
Isthmian League
Division One North Champions 2006-07
Essex Senior League
Champions 2005-06
Challenge Cup Winners 2006
Gordon Brasted Trophy
Winners 2006
Essex Senior Cup
Winners 2007

every effort is made to ensure all information contained within this article is correct, however mr hf & his team of journalists cannot accept any responsability for any false or misleading information that may be, [though hopefully not], contained within the article. thanks for taking the time to read this & i look forward to seeing you at the meadow tomorrow evening. oh yeah, & bring a brolly  Smiley









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Re: Hornchurch - did u know ...
Reply #1 - 23rd Aug, 2010 at 6:30pm
 
Thanks homefan, that would explain the coat of arms.
They've got a human heart and a bull's head on theirs, I prefer the rising sun...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmdPQp6Jcdk

ARMS: Argent on a Saltire between three Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper and in base a Human Heart of the second a Martlet Or.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours in front of a Church Gable proper a Bull's Head and Neck affronteť couped Or.

Motto 'A GOOD NAME ENDURETH'.
Granted 14th September 1948.

The roses are from the arms of William de Wykeham, the founder of New College, Oxford, which owns property in the district. The heart is from the arms of Bernard of Savoy, it recalls the medieval Hospice, founded in Hornchurch by Henry II, which belonged to the famous hospice of St. Bernard of Mont Joux in Savoy. The martlet is from the arms attributed to Edward the Confessor and alludes to his historical links with the district.
The crest is derived from the eighteenth century ornamental stone bulls head with copper horns built into the gable-end of the parish church. This refers to the thirteenth century record of 'Hornedechirche', (place with) the church embellished with horns, this is perhaps due to the ancient local tanning industry, the main street formerly being known as 'Pelt Street'.
The motto is from Ecclesiasticus c.41, v.13.
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Re: Hornchurch - did u know ...
Reply #2 - 24th Aug, 2010 at 6:51am
 
sure you dont want to take over mr w, sir, i wouldnt mind, honest  Wink
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Re: Hornchurch - did u know ...
Reply #3 - 24th Aug, 2010 at 8:41am
 
I now go birdwatching on the old RAF Site,its my local "patch"
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