Barking, The Station c.1960
Memories of Barking, The Station C1960
As a school-boy I had a job working for W.H.Smith at Barking Station. I started when I was twelve on a paper round, but after a short while the shop manager, Albert Hedges, decided I could work one of the platform sub-stalls. This was really quite exciting for a youngster, as the station was one of the busiest in the UK - with the District Line tube, and Fenchurch Street traffic up and down to Southend and Tilbury, as well as a constant flow of goods trains. In 1960, most of the engines were steam, but were being replaced by diesels for the goods trains, and the passenger lines were being changed to overhead electric. A favourite time was Sunday mornings. This got me out of Church and paid overtime! Platform ...Read full memory
I remember the old Barking Station and loving the smell of the steam trains; standing on the bridge and watching the train from (Tilbury or Southend?) disappearing in a cloud of steam. Wonderful. Old Barking station was all Victorian cast steel pillars with elaborate decoration and dark wood if I remember rightly and an enormous clock, which is in the National Railway Museum in York. The new station was state of the art when it was opened by the Queen but I still miss the old one and the steam trains.
Memories of Barking
I remember Blakes Corner and Blakes Market - my friend Ann (now my sister-in-law) used to buy our stockings at Fannie Shaws market stool in the market.
I so remember Barking like this. I wasn't born until '59 but it still looked a lot like this picture. I often wonder how it changed so much. It's not at all how I remember it now. I go back to see family occasionally, but since my mum died, it's not the same. Sad but true...
I was born in Williams ward in Upney in 1957. We lived on Thames View in a small flat near the top end of Bastable Avenue. We then moved to Bredo House – I will always remember the flat, it had a downstairs and a staircase up to the 2 bedrooms, bathroom and toilet. There was a door at the top of the stairs leading onto ...Read full memory
Can anyone confirm if there was a bomb dropped on the school in Chitty Lane. Thanks.