Shops In Barking - a Memory of Barking.

I remember the shops in Barking very well when I was a child. One of my favourite shops was Bullies the Jewellers, you couldn't miss it because it had a great big clock flush with the pavement at the entrance. I used to dribble at the sight of all the jewels. The other shops were M&S by the swimming baths, and Woolworth's, they had a cafe at the back of the shop which made the best milkshakes. I also remember a shop called Wade & Pollard that sold bed linen, towels, tea towels, net and draw curtains and underwear. As I grew older I started to like fashion and music, oh, and boys, my Mum said we were too poor to spend any money on the things I liked, so I only ever got to look in the shop windows and dream. Happy days.

A memory shared by judith.whitehouse3 on Jul 26th, 2014. Send judith.whitehouse3 a message.

 Comments & Feedback

Sat Aug 2nd 2014, at 10:11 pm
booki18 commented:
Hi Judith I remember all the things you have mentioned I think Wade and Pollard was near the Library opposite the police station I remember Simons he started with his gear in a white van if I'm right near where Barking baptist Tabernacle was I haven't been to Barking town for years I go every other week to the cemetery but I live on Canvey Island and I don't like the A13 when the traffic builds up so I come straight home again!Carole Jordan lloyd
Mon Nov 10th 2014, at 7:18 pm
ian.gilbert8 commented:
Sadly Pollards went bankrupt some years ago. At one time they had over 60 shops. I seem to remember that after Simon had his stall he opened a shop opposite the old library.
I think there were two indoor markets in the town - Blakes & Broadway. I think the Broadway market ran from behind the old Gaumont? cinema and came out in The Broadway. Can't remember where Blakes market was. Can anyone help? I also remember the row of shops along North Street in front of the Abbey ruins. There used to be a barber shop there nearly opposite the pub on the corner (the Bull?). As a boy I had to have my short back & sides haircut, and us small boys had to sit on a plank placed across the arms of the barber's chair. There used to be at least 3 barbers there and there was always a queue of men waiting their turn
Fri Mar 6th 2015, at 4:36 pm
Roy Miller commented:
Brent & Collins the menswear shop just along from Bulleys,there was a fruit and veg stall in a gap between the two shops.Wish I could turn the clock back.
Fri Jul 13th 2018, at 8:46 pm
thelmahounslow commented:
I was born in Barking in 1948 and went to Ripple School and then to Park Modern School. I married and moved to Canada in 1979. I have just come back from Barking after a visit with my brother. I was very saddened to see the demise of Barking but I enjoyed visiting some neighbours who were there when I grew up. There are still some good things about Barking the Park is still lovely and has a very nice little coffee shop and their are boats on the lake. There is a new steak restaurant opposite St. Margarets Church where I was married and I believe a new Boathouse cafe down by the Creek. I remember Blakes Market and the Broadway market where you could buy jellied eels which my mum enjoyed and listen to tunes of the 50s. I hope Barking can return to a nicer, cleaner and better town one day. The locals deserve it especially the older ones who have lived there all their lives and seen how it has gone down. It used to be a place for people to enjoy now people don't want to visit it from other towns.
Wed Feb 6th 2019, at 5:31 pm
micksasse commented:
Ripple in 52-57 Park modern 57-62. Moral of your memories is" never go back". I keep thinking about it, but love my memories as they are. Loved Barking park, living in Wilmington gardens. Mum and dad ran the cubs and scouts, so I spent my childhood involved in this. I loved all the wonderful buildings, the station, library, swimming pool, cinema and most of all Woolworths and the markets.

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