Place:Dagenham, Essex, England

TypeVillage, Urban district, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.539°N 0.147°E
Located inEssex, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoRomford Rural, Essex, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1926
Barking (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough of which it became a part in 1965
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Dagenham is a large suburb of east London, England. It now forms part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and is located approximately 11.5 miles (18.5 km) east of Charing Cross (a basis for distance measurement from the centre of London) and around 9.5 miles (15.2 km) east of the City of London.

Historically within Essex, it was an agrarian village and parish and part of Romford Rural District from 1894. It remained mostly undeveloped until 1921 when the London County Council began building the large Becontree estate.

The population of the area significantly increased during the 20th century, with the parish of Dagenham breaking away from its rural roots and becoming an Urban District in 1926 and a Municipal Borough in 1938. It is now a predominantly residential area, with some areas of declining industrial activity, including the Ford Dagenham plant in the southern part of the borough.

Research Tips

  • A History of the County of Essex: Volume 5 in the Victoria County History series provided online by British History Online, edited by W R Powell. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1966. Provides a thematic account of the growth of metropolitan Essex since 1850. Also contains topographical accounts of Barking, Ilford, Dagenham and other areas of Essex now within greater London. There are three chapters on Dagenham.
  • Dagenham was in the Romford Registration District from the start of civil registration in 1837 until it was transferred into Greater London in 1965. Since 1965 it has been in the registration area for the Boroughs of Redbridge and Barking.
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