My twin brother Brian and I are Barking born and bred. We were born at 10 King Edward Road in May of 1936 (now 81) where we stayed until about 5 years old when our parents moved to 43 St Erkenwald Road off Ripple Road opposite what was to become DOES clothing store where their son Dennis ...Read full memory
Went to Eastbury School, Dawson Ave. Was friends with Joan Petchey, Jane Peterson, Joan Palmer, Wendy Roberts, Doreen Spooner, Janice Bridgeman,Linda Etty, Heather Saint. Now live on Canvey Island as do Doreen and Linda. Heather and I used to live next door to each other and now we live a few streets away ...Read full memory
I was born in Shirley Gardens in 1935, right opposite Barking Park where I spent most of my childhood at Barking open air lido. What a magnificent place that was! My father was a policeman in Barking so we always knew what was going on! In winter we would go swimming at Barking indoor pool and always have ...Read full memory
Opposite the Odeon cinema, the spotted dog and off licence. I'm certain it was Tommy Keene from Axe St who would be on Wakering Rd with his barrow selling sea food by the half and pint on Sunday. The co-op chemist, then the Insurance shop with a ship in a glass case in the ...Read full memory
I was born in 1936 so I am probably one of the oldest people with fond memories of Barking. I first went to Gascoigne School and can remember having to practise wearing a gas mask during the war- horrible smelly rubbery things. I am not sure what was worse being gassed by Hitler or wearing the gas mask. We had school ...Read full memory
My first real memory of the town was Mum taking me to Blakes corner which has been bombed and me peering through the wooden safety wall, to look at the hole down below. I think it became Timothy Whites & Taylor after that. I was born in 1946 and lived in George Street, off Linton Road, and went to Northbury infants ...Read full memory
When I was four years old our family moved from Benfleet Essex to Barking. M y Farther took a position as Manager of a Corn Chandlers In Tanner Street, and we lived at number 81 next door. I can recall starting school at Church Street primary, although it was called an infants school then. my memories are so ...Read full memory
I was born in Upney Hospital 1944, my mum and dad lived in Stratton Drive, went to Park Modern School as did my 2 older sisters and my brother. Most of my parents families lived in the same area ie on the so called 'Leftly Estate', we were considered to be upper class living there!! My best memories at that time ...Read full memory
I was born in 1950, Stephens was my maiden name. With my two brothers Bob & Barry, we lived in Bradfield Drive next door to Grahame Scott who was in the Tremeloes, before they were sort of famous. Remember the swings in Maysbook Park, safe to go to on your own even as small child! Youth club on Thamesmead? The estate, many nights ...Read full memory
I remember the huts in Thames Rd - I lived in No.14, adjacent to the allotments from birth until I was 5 yrs old. Then moved to 46 Howard Rd Barking between Abbey Rd and Gascoigne Rd great memories of both homes. Vivid memories of the 'hut' - my mum made my dad build a fireplace out of breeze blocks painted grey. As well as ...Read full memory
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