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The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Barking, London

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Barking is 9.3 miles (15 km) east of Charing Cross. The total population of Barking was 59,068 at the 2011 census. The former industrial lands to the south are being redeveloped as Barking Riverside. When you visit Barking, London, Walkfo brings Barking, London places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Barking, London Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Barking, London

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With 142 audio plaques & Barking, London places for you to explore in the Barking, London area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Barking, London places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Barking, London history

Barking railway station opened in 1854 and has been served by the London Underground since 1908. Historically, Barking was an ancient parish that straddled the River Roding in the Becontree Hundred and historic county of Essex. It underwent a shift from fishing and farming to market gardening and industrial development.


Barking was the site of Barking Abbey, a nunnery founded in 666 by Eorcenwald, Bishop of London. It was destroyed by the Danes and reconstructed in 970 by King Edgar. The celebrated writer Marie de France may have been abbess of the nunnery in the late 12th century.


Charter issued between 1175 and 1179 confirms the ancient market right. The market declined in the 18th century but has since been revived.

Architecture: historic buildings

St Margaret’s Church is a grade I listed building in the Abbey Green area of the Town Centre. Eastbury Manor House in Barking is a Grade I listed 16th century Elizabethan manor house and museum run by the National Trust.


Salt water fishing began before 1320, when too fine nets were seized by City authorities. Fisher Street (now the southern part of Abbey Road) was named after the fishing community there. Fishermen sailed as far as Iceland in the summer, and moored in Barking Pool.

Economic development

In 1848, 5 shipwrights, 4 rope- and line-makers, 6 sail-makers and 4 mast-, pump-, and block-makers are listed in a local trade directory. Hewett & Co continued in boat building and repair until 1899. By 1878 Daniel de Pass had opened the Barking Guano Works at Creekmouth. Creekmouth was also the site of the major Barking Power Station from 1925 until the 1970s.

Thames disaster

On 3 September 1878 the iron ship Bywell Castle ran into the pleasure steamer Princess Alice in Gallions Reach, downstream of Barking Creek. She broke in two and sank immediately, with the loss of more than 600 lives. At that time there was no official body responsible for marine safety in the Thames.

Barking, London culture & places


The singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg was born in Barking. Neil Young recorded two tracks for his classic album Harvest, “A Man Needs a Maid” and “There’s a World” at Barking Assembly Hall.

Local media

Bedrock is the local hospital radio service available online to the local area and broadcasting a range of health-related information. The Barking & Dagenham Post provides local news in print and online.


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Barking F.C. are a non-league side. The team merged with East Ham to form Barking & East Ham United in 2001. The successful racing driver Scott Malvern was born in Barking Hospital.

Public art works

Barking Town Centre has a number of recently commissioned sculptures and public art works. In 2007, two small stones from remains of London Bridge were joined together in a sculpture in front of St Margaret’s church.

Barking, London geography / climate

Town centre

Barking, London Town centre photo

Barking Town Centre is being regenerated through a number of schemes. The Abbey and Gascoigne wards in the town centre are ranked 823rd and 554th in the country’s most deprived areas. The town centre development intends to improve the quality and range of housing, aiming to create 4,000 new homes.

Roding Riverside

Roding Riverside is a name given to an area of Barking comprising the stretch of Abbey Road south of St Pauls Road, which runs parallel to the River Roding / Barking Creek. Many buildings are late 20th century or early 21st century residential and commercial buildings, but some are Victorian industrial buildings adapted for use in arts and leisure fields.

Barking Riverside

Barking, London Barking Riverside photo

Barking Riverside consists of 350 acres (1.4 km) of brownfield land. Construction began in 2008, with completion due around 2025. 10,000 homes are to be built, housing around 25,000 people. New transport links will be provided, including East London Transit and the extension of the Docklands Light Railway. The development will also provide new public facilities.

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Visit Barking, London PlacesYou can visit Barking, London places with Walkfo Barking, London to hear history at Barking, London’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Barking, London has 142 places to visit in our interactive Barking, London map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Barking, London, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Barking, London places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Barking, London & the surrounding areas.

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Best Barking, London places to visit

Barking, London has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Barking, London’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Barking, London’s information audio spots:

Barking, London photo Beckton
Beckton is within the London Borough of Newham and is 8 miles (12.9 km) east of Charing Cross. Historically part of Essex, Beckton was unpopulated marshland adjacent to the River Thames until the development of major industrial infrastructure in the 19th century. Housing was created in Beckton for workers of the gas and sewage works.
Barking, London photo East London
East London is a popularly and informally defined part of London. It is east of the ancient City of London and north of the River Thames. It comprises the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
Barking, London photo Upton Park, London
Upton Park is an area of the East London borough of Newham, centred on Green Street which is the boundary between West Ham and East Ham. West Ham United Football Club formerly played at the Boleyn Ground, commonly known as Upton Park.

Visit Barking, London plaques

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Barking, London has 14 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Barking, London plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Barking, London using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Barking, London plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.