A brief history of Barking

Barking town has many links to past  trade and famous people. Barking used to be a very busy fishing port until the beginning of the 20th century, where many fishing smacks used to moor up to transport their goods on to local traders or even up to the well known Billingsgate Market.

Among the famous  people who have had connections this historic town is the dynamic explorer Captian Cook  who was married in Saint Margaret Church who went on to discover numerous places in the world opening up many trade routes for the British Empire.

Barking also has the Quaker Gardens which are on the former site of the Quaker burial ground in North St founded by Elizabeth Fry the Reformist.

Sporting legends such as Bobby Moore,Trevor Brooking and Alf Ramsey who led the victorious England squad in the 1966 World Cup  are also local boys, and not forgetting local hero Private Job Drain who was awarded the VC in WW1.

Barking is now a very cosmopolitan town with  giving it a very diverse atmosphere.

At the moment Barking has a very large reconstruction program in place with new homes being built in traditional styles with community in mind such as The Barking Riverside Development which have been designed to do away with the  high rise ideas of the late fifties.