Havering Libraries’ Local Studies Library, with local historian and author, Tony Benton, have created an exhibition to mark the centenary of the death of the Upminster historian, Thomas Lewis Wilson, who died on June 27th 1919. Tony Benton has written a number of books about the history of Upminster, Cranham and Hornchurch and is the creator of the excellent Old Upminster website https://upminsterhistory.net.
Wilson was the first published author of a book specifically about any of the towns and villages in Havering, with his Sketches of Upminster in 1856. He followed this in 1881 with the illustrated History and Topography of Upminster. His books and research papers have been a major resource and inspiration for local historians in the district ever since.
The exhibition opens at Upminster Library on 27th June 2019 and runs until 25th July 2019.
In addition, Tony is giving a talk on 4th July at 7pm “Upminster’s Historian – Thomas Lewis Wilson 1833-1919” tickets are available from Upminster Library £2.00, booking is essential. Telephone Upminster Library 01708 – 434933 for further details