Barking, Bascule Bridge c.1920

Memories of Barking


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 (...Read full memory)

I was born in 1947,  so anyone that reads this of that era can relate to the great shopping and Barking people. You could never walk through the shops without seeing a friend or neighbour and through a child's eyes everything was 'right with the world'. My mum and I would have a cuppa and egg and cress roll in (...Read full memory)

I am Barking born and bred on 25.04.1921 and lived in Fanshaw Avenue which was not far from Eastbury House. I have now reached the age of 92 and would like to share a memory which until very recently I kept to myself. I remember the old creepy Eastbury House which was then untenanted and sustained damage (...Read full memory)

My Nan, was Mrs Ring, we used to stay with her in her house in Hearts Lane opposite the Asbestos Co , next to the Thames Plywood Co (where I worked a few years later). Nan's house was one of two on stilts right beside the railway (steam) of course. Many great times spent, Barking was a great place then.

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