Bretons Through Time – the story of a surviving Havering Manor House

Bretons Through Time – the story of a surviving Havering Manor House- will transfer from Bretons House to South Hornchurch Library on Thursday 14th November and will remain there until 8th December.

Bretons can be traced back at least as far as 1160 and was an important manor in the district into the nineteenth century and is connected with interesting characters from Havering’s past.  Find out about the first tenant of the Romford Sewage Farm, William Hope, one of the first recipients of the Victoria Cross, and view a reproduction of the 1855 painting by Louis William Desanges commemorating his brave action, courtesy of The Fusilier Museum London.



  1. Mark Willoughby on 10th January 2021 at 09:19

    I’m sorry that I missed this exhibition because I am interested in finding out more about Bretons and its history, especially seeing old photographs of the house and surrounding area when it was still a working farm.

    Are you able to email me the information that was included in the exhibition? Or could I be sent the means off accessing your archive?

    • Pete Johnson on 10th January 2021 at 10:16

      Hi Mark,
      The Bretons exhibition was created and run by Havering Local Studies Library so the Havering Museum doesn’t hold the Bretons exhibition information. If you contact Simon Donoghue at the Havering Local Studies Library, he may be able to help you out. Simon’s email is: You may need to check on their website as I’m not sure what service they are offering during this lock down.

      Stay safe
      Pete Johnson

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