Memories of Barking

East Ham 1966/1968

I moved from Dulwich in 1966 as my father was in the army.We lived in the TA camp on Vicarage lane and I went to Vicarage Lane School. My maiden name was Mcnickle. I attend it for 18 months then went to Burges Manor which I have since found out is called Langdon School. I only went for one term as my father retired from ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking by Sharron Hill

My Time In Barking

My nan and grandad were Barking people, my nan was born on a fishing smack moored in the quay at barge aground area of town. My grandad was a hero of the battle of Jutland. My uncle Tig lived and died in Barking so did many of my family. My dad was in the Royal Marines and when he demobbed we came home from Germany and ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking by Bob Warren

Fond Memories

I have fond memories of Barking back in the early sixtys.,Oh I know its a dump now, dirty and no charm at all, but back then it was a place to be proud of. The fair held at Barking park (sadly not the park it was then), the carnival, going on the rides and trying to pick up the girls at the fair, a pocket of money and high ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking by Kevin Edwards

Faircross

I was born in Barking Hospital in 1967 but my family moved into Upney House at Faircross in 1953 I believe, this may have been when these were first built. I have lots of memories of Faircross Parade, mostly of the different shops that came and went. To my knowledge, the branch of Bartons Barkers in the late 1970's became one of ...Read full memory

Born And Bred

The summer of 1959 goes down as the hottest in my memory. It started at the end of April and continued right through until the end of September. I was ten years of age that year and I spent most of that glorious summer hanging out with my pals over the outdoor pool in Barking Park. I remember bus drivers and conductors who ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking by Chris Bowers

Bitter Sweet Memories

I was born in Upney Hospital in early 1951, the youngest of six children. We lived with our parents in North Street. When I was two our parents split up and my dad eventually 'won' custody of myself and the brother next up to me, four years my senior. Dad had been disabled during the Second World War and, as such, was no ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking

Dancing School Joyce Williams

Hi I was Maxine walker back then I used to go to joyce williams school of dance I started when I was 6 till 13 yrs as we moved we used to have the working men's club in barking and we also done all our exams there and few year later we moved to harts lane over the road in there club, I done ballet tap & modern ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking by goldilockaxine

Joyce Williams School Of Dancing

I read about a contributor who went to Joyce Williams School of dance and memories came flooding back. I recall Mrs Bigwood making all the costumes and her daughter being one of the older girls in the school. I went to Manor Junior with Neil Bigwood. We danced at the assembly hall in front of someone ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking by Suzanne Savill

School Friends From Eastbury Comprehensive And Ripple Juniors

Tina Peacock, I knew all those years ago we went out once or twice in those days to a pub, Evelyn Sherwin, Steven Sherwin, Diane Little, Steven Little, Tina Murphy, Linda Platt, Christine Bunn, Jane Moore, Christine Bramley, Marina, Alan Talbot, Colin Cubitt, the two Raymonds who ...Read full memory

Prefabs In Ripple Road

I was born in Upney Hospital in 1950, my first home was Blatchford Close, in the Prefabs, Ripple Road opposite the Cemetery, I have been searching for photos or information, but as yet have had no luck, hoping that someone might know of them. I moved to Thames View Estate in 1955, Barking was a great place to grow up in, ...Read full memory

A memory of Barking by rose-d

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