Timeline

Handley Page

Sir Frederick Handley Page was born in 1885, in Cheltenham and studied engineering at Finsbury Technical College where he gained a degree in engineering. He was interested in mechanical flight and set up his own, small business making propellers and aircraft for other aviators. This led him to form his own The Handley Page Ltd, which had

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Industries Old and New

Demolition Even before Creekmouth village was earmarked for demolition in the 1950s, the surrounding area had witnessed significant development. New industries emerged alongside Barking Power Station, in the shadow of the giant pylons that now spread across Ripple Level. In 1952 James Bird wrote that the industries along River Road could be split into two types, with

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Dagenham Sunday Market

Every Sunday crowds of people flock to River Road for Dagenham Market, held in the shadow of the disused Barking Power Station. The market has been held on this site since 2002, when it moved from Chequers Lane further east along the Thames, where Barking Reach Power Station can now be found. With stalls ranging from clothes and music to household goods

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Barking Riverside

A short distance from the site of the old Creekmouth Village, and just south of Thames View Estate, a new community is being born. Barking Riverside is one of the largest residential developments in Europe, with thousands of new homes planned for what was once industrial wasteland. The site already includes a school, a community centre and

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Thames View Estate

In the post-war years Barking was in the middle of a housing crisis. To help ease long council house waiting lists a new estate was planned, to be constructed on marshland north of Creekmouth village previously deemed unsuitable for any type of building. Huge concrete tubes were buried in the ground and filled with more concrete to provide

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