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Barking Park

In collaboration with Barking Park (LBBD) and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Eastside Community Heritage  completed an exciting oral history project recording the stories of park goers.

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Les Taylor in Greenhouse, c.1948

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Collecting Donations, c.1953

Barking Park opened its gates to the public in 1898 as the first council owned park in the borough. Amenities included tennis, bowls, and a bandstand, and expanded from the 1930’s onwards, with the construction of a Lido and the Light Railway (recently reopened, it is once again chugging along with day trippers around the park!). During the Second World War it was used to house anti-aircraft batteries, making Barking Park an area of strategic importance in protecting the Barking skies.

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Friends at the Lido, c. 1950

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Dagenham Girl Pipers performing at the Bandstand, c.1950

Barking Park has changed greatly over the years, reflecting the needs of the communities it serves. The Lido has long gone but excellent sporting facilities remain. Barking Park is also known as a haven for local wildlife, and many people still enjoy peaceful (and playful!) days out in the park.

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Barking Carnival Floats heading to Barking Park, c.1948