Place:Barking, Essex, England

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NameBarking
Alt namesBerkingsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeUrban district, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.54°N 0.08°E
Located inEssex, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoBarking (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough into which it was absorbed in 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Barking is an area of east London, England, and now forms part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham which was established as part of Greater London in 1965. It is 8.8 miles (14.2 km) east of Charing Cross (a point defined for measurement purposes as the centre of London).

History

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Barking was historically a fishing and agrarian settlement in the county of Essex and formed an ancient parish. Its economic history is characterised by a shift to market gardening, and industrial development in the southern part of the borough adjacent to the River Thames. The railway station opened in 1854 and has been served by the London Underground since 1908. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Barking significantly expanded and increased in population, primarily due to the development of the London County Council estate at Becontree in the 1920s, and it became a municipal borough in 1931. Today it has an extensive and fairly low-density residential area with a large retail and commercial district, currently a focus for regeneration. The former industrial lands to the south are being redeveloped.

Barking was a large ancient parish of 12,307 acres (49.80 km2) in the Becontree hundred of Essex. It was divided into the wards of Chadwell, Ilford, Ripple and Town (or Barking Town). A local board was formed for Town ward in 1882 and it was extended to cover Ripple ward in 1885. In 1888 Ilford and Chadwell were split off as a new parish of Ilford, leaving a residual parish of 3,814 acres (15.43 km2). (See map in Wikipedia.) The parish became Barking Town Urban District in 1894 and the local board became an urban district council. The urban district was incorporated as the Municipal Borough of Barking in 1931. With the formation of Greater London in 1965 the parish was abolished and split, with the majority merged with the former area of the Municipal Borough of Dagenham to form the London Borough of Barking. The part west of the River Roding, which included part of Beckton, became part of the London Borough of Newham. In 1980 the London Borough of Barking was renamed the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

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