Barking and Dagenham

Barking is a suburban town in east London, north of the Thames. The name said to mean 'the settlement by the birch trees'. Barking Abbey was founded in 666AD by the Bishop of London. For many years fishing was the key industry in Barking from the 14th century up until the 1850 when the Thames became too polluted.

Dagenham was originally a farmstead (home of a man called Dæcca) and is recorded in the charter of 687AD. In the UK, Dagenham became synonymous with the Ford motor company because of the huge production facility located in the town.

In 1965 Barking became the London Borough of Barking. In 1980 it was renamed Barking and Dagenham.

Official Barking & Dagenham Site -

The local government portal for Barking and Dagenham.

Vicarage Field Shopping Centre Barking -

The main shopping centre in the heart of Barking. The website has information about the shops and facilities along with useful community information and links.

Dagenham & Redbridge FC Official -

The official site for the Dagenham and Redbridge football club.

Dagenham RFC -

The official site of the East End's only National League rugby union team.

Barking College -

Barking College is a thriving campus supporting over 12 000 learners both in full time and part time study. The three main programme areas are: care, construction and engineering (Mechanical & Motor Vehicle).

Barking London Borough Community Website -

Local information links for the barking community.

Local History Site -

An excellent local history site covering Barking and Dagenham from the the 15th century to the present day.