Barking Town Heritage Project

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Jake has designed a modern take on John H King's Draper's - art display showing landmark buildings and trades from Barking's heritage - to celebrate the Barking Town Charter of 1931. This Street Art Mural is a 2021 take on Barking's heritage, much of it lost but still valued by residents past and present and the stories have relevance for the newest visitors to this ancient town...

With help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are putting local heritage at the heart of changes to Barking town centre, with a focus on East Street and the surrounding conservation area.

Our aim is to conserve and commemorate historic buildings in the East Street area and to research and inform residents and visitors, about the stories behind the high-street stores and local heritage.

Our team of volunteers will develop a historic legacy by contributing to the creation of town trails and tours, learning resources, exhibitions and a permanent mural in East Street.

We hope that you can join

With help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are putting local heritage at the heart of changes to Barking town centre, with a focus on East Street and the surrounding conservation area.

Our aim is to conserve and commemorate historic buildings in the East Street area and to research and inform residents and visitors, about the stories behind the high-street stores and local heritage.

Our team of volunteers will develop a historic legacy by contributing to the creation of town trails and tours, learning resources, exhibitions and a permanent mural in East Street.

We hope that you can join us in ensuring that our local heritage continues to be a positive and relevant part of Barking’s evolving cultural identity.

Leave your details below if you are interested in becoming a Heritage Volunteer or if you have any questions .

With special thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Library, who have provided support, training and access to their archives and photograph collection, including all of the heritage photos on this webpage. Contact for further information on local archives.

  • Voters decide on new mural design for Barking!

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    More than 160 people voted on artist Jake Attewell's designs for a heritage wall in Short Blue Place, Barking.

    All three designs were popular but just over half of the voters preferred his first mural design (see above). Jake said, 'I’m really pleased that so many voted and that the design was a crowd favourite. I’m really looking forward to getting started on the painting. Feel free to come down and say hello and to follow the project's progress on the Instagram page.

    Ninety years after the John H King draper's in East Street displayed landmark buildings and trades from Barking's heritage to celebrate the Barking Town Charter of 1931, Jake Attewell will create a contemporary 2021 take on Barking's heritage - much of it lost, but still valued by residents past and present.

    At the apex of the wall there will be an illustration of early twentieth century East Street, including a tram which Jake hopes to illuminate and animate when the mural is launched in September. Below he has incorporated the Bascule Bridge which carried the trams over the Roding to Beckton Gas Works, once a vital transport link for many Barking people employed there. The Curfew Tower represents the only remaining part of Barking's once formidable Abbey - soon to be recreated as a bronze model in front of the Curfew Tower. To the left is Wellington Windmill (1815-1926) which once stood close to the London Road Bridge between the River Roding and Back River. The Roding flows through the design (as it does through Barking) to the quay, where fishing boats abounded when it was the country's busiest fishing port with the world's largest fleet. After the last of the Short Blue smacks, as they were known, and cutters had departed the quay, it remained important to the industries along the riverside and continues to be an attractive focal point for Barking today.

    These elements were all part of the brief informed by the research undertaken by the project's Heritage Volunteers and a public survey on Barking's heritage, which took place last summer.

    Alongside Jake's street-style mural, mosaic artist Tamara Fround will be creating a heritage trail leading from Abbey Green to Short Blue Place, depicting other lost heritage, such as the Tudor Market Hall/Leet House, maybe the jute weavers and spinners, classic high street stores and more.

    A digital Barking Heritage Trail produced for the borough's Street Tag app is also due to launch this Spring to provide more information and photographs from the local archives at Valence House, an exciting update for walkers in the area who have access the app.

    We are grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for funding this project, with support from Be First. We will keep you updated here, on the progress of the heritage wall and trail and launch event later in the year. If you would like to get involved, you can sign up on the Guest Book section of this web page.

  • Your vote will count!

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    Mural artist, Jake Attewell, is asking local residents to help him decide which of three possible designs he should paint on the wall in Short Blue Place, Barking this spring.

    He has three stunning suggestions and wants residents’ help to decide which celebrates Barking’s heritage best.

    “I’ve spent a lot of time researching Barking’s fascinating history,” says Jake, “and I would love it if local people would take a look at my designs and decide which they think captures that history most effectively."

    “I will paint the option that people prefer,” he adds, “so every vote will count”.

    Jake was commissioned by Be First, the Council’s regeneration organisation, to paint the mural, after he won a competition to design artwork for the heritage wall above McDonalds on the corner of Short Blue Place and East Street, Barking. The commission forms part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund's programme of activities which also includes a heritage trail of mosaic installations by artist Tamara Fround.

    This vote closed on Tuesday 23rd March but you can sign up to find out more about the Barking heritage programme on the guest book page.

  • East End artist to celebrate Barking's 'Lost Heritage' in East Street

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    Jake Attewell (also known as Itaewon) will be designing and installing a ‘Street Art’ style mural representing Barking’s Lost Heritage’ on the wall of McDonald’s Restaurant, East Street, in 2021! Substantial funding has been received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to commission this Heritage Wall as part of the Barking Town Heritage Project.

    You may recall that the Heritage Wall Brief was launched in Oct 2020. We received 14 submissions which were carefully considered by a short-listing panel (of ten), including Council and Be First staff, Barking Heritage Volunteers, and members of the local community. Six candidates were then interviewed by the project’s panel, and we are now pleased to introduce the successful candidate…

    Jake is a gifted and industrious young artist, who grew up in South Korea, graduated from Arts University College Bournemouth, and is based in Stratford. He is a visual artist, who paints street murals and studio-based works, which suggest, ‘a layered accumulation of architectural references, combined with aspects of graffiti’ - he has exhibited and curated two solo exhibitions of his artwork. One of his most recent mural commissions was his Clara Grant mural in Bow, designed and installed for the London Mural Festival, last autumn.

    On receiving the Barking commission Jake said,

    “I am extremely honoured to have been chosen to complete The Barking Heritage Mural Project. It is extremely important that we take interest in history, whether it be local, foreign, or natural, as it provides us the key to understanding how the world around us has come to be. There are so many beautiful elements to Barking's history that I wish to include… I'm very much looking forward to getting started as it is such a great location and I believe I can create something that Barking residents can be really proud of. “

    The local community will also get the opportunity to choose the final design to be painted on the Heritage Wall, by taking part in a vote organised by the artist, and there will be opportunities for local people and students to engage with him throughout this process…

    Tamara Fround, a popular mosaic artist, who has installed several works around the borough in recent years, has also been awarded a commission to create a mosaic heritage trail - linking historic Barking (Town Quay, Abbey Green & Curfew Tower) with the Heritage Wall mural in Short Blue Place. This community inspired trail will also be largely funded by the Heritage Fund as part of their Barking Townscape Heritage Project!

    You may have noticed that our project page's main photograph depicts John King's display of Barking's Heritage in 1931, commissioned to celebrate the Barking Charter and royal visit that year. His store listed as 35 East Street, was probably situated next to Fawley House (before it was divided into 33 & 35) in the gap which is now Short Blue Place. It is fitting then that Barking's latest celebration of its heritage will be painted on the facing wall in Short Blue Place, ninety years later!

    These new art works will not only celebrate Barking’s past heritage, but also represent a bright future for Barking - as somewhere which celebrates art and culture and works with the local community to create a better place to be…

    This story is reported in the Barking & Dagenham Post Newspaper:

  • Heritage Workshops on the updated Conservation Area Appraisal - recordings now available

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    Thank you to everyone who attended the National Lottery Heritage Funded workshops on Heritage Conservation in Barking. The first workshop focused on the abbreviated ‘user-friendly guide’ to the Abbey and Barking Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan, and included practical advice for building & business owners and residents in the Conservation Area…

    If you were unable to attend and would like to view the presentation, by Purcell Heritage Consultants, the video recording of Workshop 1 is attached in the bottom right hand corner of this webpage:

    The second workshop provided a more detailed review of the conservation area appraisal & management plan and applying for planning permission within it. These workshops were run by historic conservation professionals and aimed to be accessible to everyone from shop owners to residents and supporters of local heritage.

    Historic England presented the latest guidance on non-listed buildings in Barking Town Centre. They explained their role in designating and protecting heritage assets and also briefly touched upon guidance for looking after Locally Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and other historic buildings.

    You can find out more about decision-making within conservation areas, and how significance is assessed - looking at buildings which make a positive contribution to the character of conservation areas (and explaining the difference between positive & negative contributors) by visiting:

    Both workshop recording are now available on this link - see the icons on the right hand side of the page...

    If you would like further information on the Conservation Area Appraisal or User Guide please contact:

  • Heritage Conservation Workshops - Tuesday 26th January & Tuesday 2nd February, 2021

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    For Barking heritage enthusiasts there are two free workshops available online during this winter lockdown. The first is entitled: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation and its key themes are - opportunities for enhancement of historic buildings, including the benefits of improving shop fronts and re-instating historic features; an explanation of historic building conservation and the most likely types of building you will come across in Barking, the importance of conserving built heritage and approaches to heritage conservation. It will also cover practical guidance on the maintenance and repair of historic buildings.

    The second workshop has a slightly different focus as an: Introduction to heritage legislation, policy and guidance - this develops themes from the first workshop by examining the new conservation area appraisal and will include input from Historic England and our own planning officers. There will also be an opportunity to ask your own questions.

    To take the opportunity to make these Tuesday afternoons a time to learn more about historic conservation in Barking - please email for an invite to either or both of these free workshops

    The workshops are funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, hosted by Be First Regeneration - working with Barking & Dagenham, and presented by Purcell Consultants with input from Historic England.

  • #Heritage Treasures Day

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    Barking Town Centre’s #heritagetreasures are being celebrated in 2021, with the help of National Lottery Heritage Fund.

    The public space at the Curfew Tower – gateway to historic Barking (St Margaret’s Church, Barking’s Abbey ruins and its old Quay) is being improved and a new, accessible model of the seventh century Barking Abbey installed at this site.

    East Street, the early twentieth century high street, opposite the medieval tower and abbey ruins has funding for improvements to the traditional buildings and shopfronts. The Abbey and Barking Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal has been updated too.

    The other #heritagetreasures to revere are the Heritage Volunteers who have been researching the historic buildings and hidden heritage of Barking Town Centre for the last eighteen months. They have contiuned their work through the pandemic, spinning their research into golden tales about Barking’s past. These have appeared in the local newspaper as well as on the project website. While the local LBBD Archives were closed our enthusiastic volunteers consolidated their research, wrote articles and made sound recordings of their stories for the borough’s fitness app ‘Street Tag’ - which in collaboration with ‘Pent To Print’ will create a new heritage trail for local walkers - the first part of a borough wide storytelling trail which will launch this Spring.

    We managed to undertake two socially distanced tours of Barking Town Centre during the summer, which inspired further research and more articles, although the Christmas Party was replaced with a virtual Christmas Quiz in 2020. Over the last year the team have developed their digital skills and methods of online research, moving from their base at the local Archives to Zoom and then Teams, as they made the most of time spent at home during the pandemic – continuing to uncover more heritage stories to treasure, from Barking’s past.

  • Call to creatives - design our heritage mural

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    Plans for a heritage mural in Short Blue Place, Barking were given a boost today when the council’s regeneration organisation, Be First, joined forces with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, to offer a £20,000 commission to local artists.

    The plans to commemorate Barking’s forgotten history were hatched by local heritage volunteers who have been researching the area’s lost history. They have unearthed information about the development of the town since the earliest times, through the town’s emergence as a centre for fishing and farming and the building of the famous Abbey in AD666, up to modern times. On the way, they have examined the history of many of the buildings that have been demolished, such as the Windmill, the Tudor Leet (court) House and, more recently the workhouse and Bascule Bridge.

    Heritage group coordinator, Simone Panayi, of Be First, explains: “Our heritage volunteers have helped to reveal just how rich and varied Barking’s history is, and we want to create a permanent reminder for everyone to enjoy, and that will attract visitors to the town centre.

    “We’ve surveyed local residents, to see what they are most interested in, and now we want someone with creative flair to create a stunning mural or similar artwork, incorporating this’Lost Heritage’ theme at Short Blue Place.

    “So, we’re delighted that we have backing of The National Lottery Heritage Fund to offer a commission to our very talented artistic community”.

    The successful artist, or artists, will be expected to design, create, and install the heritage wall and linked interpretation, potentially including an art trail, to a professional standard.

    Further details of the brief for the Heritage Wall commission are available at:

    For the Heritage Wall dimensions see:

    Applications must be received by 30 November 2020.

  • Heritage Volunteers' Tours

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    In August and September, the Barking Heritage Volunteers were able to meet up again at last! After months of Zoom meetings we managed to enjoy two tours of Barking together and the weather stayed dry too.

    In August, Alex kindly guided the group on a river tour from the delightful Boat House Café, where we had the pleasure to meet and have bevvies before we set off – the pictures show the lovely sunshine, but not the whirling wind along the Roding…

    We started out along the east bank and headed towards Creekmouth, crossing the river at the A13 footpath to return along the west bank…

    Along the east bank we looked at the barrage and discussed the lock system and changes to the river over the years, to accommodate the fishing industry and later transportation of goods and supplies from the factory wharves. We stopped close to Boundary Road where Hewetts’ wharf once stood. The engineering and repair premises here were the site of the tragic boiler explosion of 1899… We were also looking for evidence of the old tram bridge, which Felicity has researched, it was built in the early twentieth century, as a two-part bascule bridge to allow boats through, which crossed from Boundary Road, on its way to Beckton Gas Works… The tide must have been out as the river was low, and in the mud we spotted some heavy brick foundations which we believed to be remnants of the once beautifully constructed crossing here. We were surprised that we could also smell the salty smell of briny water this far from the estuary - the fishing heritage coming back to haunt us… We were also surprised that some industrial units still exist along here, though increasingly over shadowed by residential developments – which must have stunning views across this flat landscape of London, Essex and Kent…

    Journeying back along the west bank we discussed the mysterious situation of Barking land on what is commonly thought of the as the Newham side of the Roding… We discussed that if Barking Creek had not demarcated the boundary here then perhaps ‘Back River’ and the various tributaries seen on old maps, once did… Eric found further information on this, "The fact that the parish boundary follows the Back River and the Aldersbrook suggests that these may originally have been part of the main stream. The Back River was probably the 'old Hile' (ealdan hilœ) mentioned in A.D. 958." 'Ilford' is said to be named after the 'Hile', which could also be the old name for the Roding... In fact the location of an actual place on old maps called ‘West Bank’ was on ‘Back River’ rather than ‘Barking Creek’; as was the locally known, ‘Whitegate Bridge’. Eric reminded us that the ‘fresh’ water released through the sluice gates on the Creek and Back River - often referred to as ‘rushing waters’ , was used to freeze into ice on the marshes, as it froze more quickly than the saltier waters… He has also explained that part of Barking once formed, 'the island’ between these two waterways before they reached the Thames at Creekmouth, as old maps reveal, and tributaries were natural to such a marshy area… Whilst the Roding still defines Barking, some of those smaller waterways, which used to run close by (perhaps also as part of the ‘Roding’), have since disappeared, buried underground and underneath new developments in both Newham and Barking…

    Further up-stream, towards the quay it was great to see some water craft still using this stretch of water! We crossed back over the barrage to return to the quay, once known as the mill pond, with ‘six gates’. Although the mill is long gone the old granary is looking proudly across the old Quay, with its new residences - a great example of the positive relationship between local regeneration and local heritage…

    For our second tour, we had hoped to meet at St Margaret’s centre, but had not realised that the café had not reopened, we hope it does, as we plan to book a tour of the church another time… We enjoyed a hot lunch at Christina’s instead – a great place to start our tour of North Street – this was once the old co-op building with the beehive motif carved in 1900, a sweet metaphor for the society’s belief in working together to benefit all… Further along we point out the location of the old Trafalgar Street (probably the entrance to Asda's Car Park) as we tried to work out where Northbury House was, before it was removed to widen London Road - never a good reason to lose such a historic building... Lesley has been researching the intriguing histories of some of its residents and even visitors - Charles Jamrach's daughters went to school there... Carol Birch has written a great historical novel about 'Jamrach's Menagerie' in Victorian London...

    We headed northeast, to the old ‘North Street’ (Northbury) School. Alex a keen rambler around old parts of Barking, again guided us, this time to find a place we spotted on one of the old photographs which George drew our attention to – Victoria Gardens – hidden between Northbury School and the railway tracks, just south of where they divide the old Tanner Street… Sorry George was not there to share this moment...

    The black and white photograph shows the, possibly newly laid, gardens, at that time - as the school was completed at the end of Victoria’s reign, opening in 1896 and perhaps the photo was taken around that time or not long after - her diamond jubilee was celebrated in 1897, perhaps prompting the naming of the gardens after her… In the picture the gardens look so neat and formal, we wanted to visit to compare with the way they look today. We were pleasantly surprised to find this patch of green, still in use as a recreational area, with additional slide and playground equipment being enjoyed by local children (just before school pick up time). Some of us felt that the new or now much taller plane trees and other tall tree types now disrupt the view of the three tiered Victorian School – designed for a ground floor of Infants, middle floor of girls and the boys on the top… Sue had recently attended an ‘open house’ lecture on the design of ‘Board Schools’ – the Victorian Council Schools built after the Education Act of 1891, which made schooling a free and legal obligation for all children… Lesley was very pleased to find some ornate stone edging hiding in the grass, which we thought may be original Victorian edges to the old gravel paths, in the photograph... We were ruminating on ideas for a school or community project to inject more glory into the sites now that the lovely flower beds have disappeared too...

    On a positive note the new extension to the school, provides a fresh entrance way and new classrooms and facilities without detracting from Charles Dawson’s beautifully detailed architecture. The borough architect designed some wonderful buildings, such as the old Board Offices (Magistrates’ Court) and the first Board School at Gascoigne Road – sadly replaced… His newer schools of the Becontree Estate such as Monteagle and Cambell had a totally different design of the quadrangles – perhaps enjoying more room to build, as well as responding to new ideas about outside spaces and play. As a someone who attended both those schools in the 1970s/80s, following in the footsteps of my parents, I found them great designs, although I don’t recall using the quadrangle gardens very often though – mainly for class photos…

    On the way back into town we admired the new Gurudwara being built – we discussed how it would be one of the most beautifully ornate buildings to grace Barking… We also took a closer look at the previous Gurudwara, as this used to be the Friends Meeting House, rebuilt on the site of Tate's Place, in 1908… We were pleased to find an information board in the gardens opposite, which used to be the old Quaker burial ground, although it could do with replacing due to being quite weather beaten now… The memorial to Elizabeth Fry was still looking good however, and reminds us of the achievements of the Friends/Quaker movement including their belief in rights of all men and women – they wanted to convince people at the time of the transatlantic slave trade, that all people should be free and their voices heard! Women like Fry were allowed to preach and make a difference to society – she achieved so much for the poor and unfranchised - prisoners and their children, at a time when many, if not most, were victims of their circumstances… This part of the visit linked well with the approaching month of October and Black History Month – you can read more about the legacy that Britain’s colonial past had on Barking’s heritage in the ‘Stories Behind the Stores’ section of this webpage:

  • Heritage Survey Results - What did you say? Who won the prizes?

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    A big thank you to all of you who completed the Barking Heritage Survey!

    The winners:

    The winner of the Kindle Fire 8 – was Paul Bebbington, who lives locally and is known to his friends as ‘Bebbs’. He informed us that he was pleased with his prize, exclaiming, ‘Wow, that is a nice surprise’. He says that he enjoys local history too, ‘especially at Valence House archives…’ and is delighted with his new Kindle Fire which will help him with his poetry writing! We look forward to reading some of Paul's poetry, maybe on the Street Tag App, as we are helping Pen to Print add heritage sites to the local fitness App and people can add their creative posts to it too!

    Our runners up, who will receive a £25 Amazon Voucher each, are Jodie John and Jennie Stallard. Jodie said her voucher was, ‘was a lovely surprise’ and she was, ‘very grateful for being a winner’. We are waiting to hear from Jennie, so she will be able to accept her prize… The prizes were provided by the Barking Town Heritage Project, which is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

    The results:

    Less than half of the respondents were aware of the Abbey and Barking Town Centre Conservation Area and only 18% knew of the inclusion of East Street. However, our survey also suggested that 85.5% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that we should look after our conservation area! This Conservation Area is currently under review and you can access the new proposals and have your say on them, and the updated management plan at:

    The most visited historical sites in the town centre were: Barking Abbey ruins/green (44%), Barking Quay (36%) and St Margaret’s Church (34%). Only 24% of respondents had 'visited' the Curfew tower (though hopefully many more have viewed it). This historic site will hopefully attract more visitors in the future as the Public Realm in front of this gateway to the abbey and parish church is being improved. It will be opened up, made more accessible and enhanced with a model of the Abbey, and further information about the history of this ancient site… The least visited site indicated was Fawley House – probably because it is not usually defined by its historic name, currently housing two shops and a charity for young people at the site, 35 East Street. Its links to the fishing industry are celebrated but perhaps it should also be clearly promoted that this was once the home of the Hewett family who owned the world famous ‘Short Blue Fleet’ and later Captain James Morgan, another wealthy fishing fleet owner - the figurehead of one of his boats remained in the garden here for many years… Next time you are in Barking Town Centre take a closer look at the information available, on this building, at Short Blue Place – opposite McDonalds…

    As part of our NLHF project we are currently commissioning a Heritage Wall in Short Blue Place – which will include a mural and information on some of the lost heritage of Barking… The most popular sites suggested to be depicted were: Barking Abbey, Barking Windmill, Tudor Leet (court) House and Market Hall, Barking Workhouse and Bascule Bridge (for trams, over the River Roding). These lost places will be recommended in the Artists’ Brief. Thank you for your thoughtful comments about other forms of Heritage including fishing/industrial/working heritage, Vicarage Fields and Elizabeth Fry (social reformer and abolitionist who was buried in the Quaker burial ground, in Barking). We value the suggestion to illustrate not just our working class heritage and female heroines from the past but also people of black and ethnic minority heritage who are underrepresented in our local history… Other comments on the mural included, the wide appeal of the use of mosaics, also colour, an authentic representation of the past, that images are timeless and not too busy, as well as the use of audio/sound in the information and the importance of the professional quality of the art work. This input will inform the Artist’s Brief for the commission.

    The information and views provided on the Curfew Tower will also inform the commission for the new model and historic information at this site. Most popular was the use of written information and photos/images and then a model and audio/stories about the site… You also mentioned the importance of accessibility for hearing/visually impaired and those with mobility problems and the use of new technologies - as mentioned above, Pen to Print will be launching a new heritage trail on Street Tag (the local fitness app) this Autumn which our heritage volunteers have been fully involved with and everyone will be able to add to in the future.

    Last but not least the survey provided lots of ideas about the ways we could celebrate these improvements to Barking Town Centre - our built heritage and an exciting sense of the history of this place - when it is once again safe to do so…

  • Time Capsule Competition Winners!

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    Back in March, when the schools were fully open to all year groups, pupils at St Joseph's Primary School in Barking were set a challenge to create a document about living in Barking - in the past, present or future! Each year group had a different theme:

    Reception - a poster about St Joseph's School

    Years 1&2 - an acrostics poem about St Joseph's School

    Year 3 - a diary entry about their experiences of Barking today

    Year 4 - a prayer to St Ethelburga (Barking's Saxon past)

    Year 5 - art work on Barking in the future

    Year 6 - a letter to future generations of Barking residents

    Barking, like the rest of the world has been very different since March, despite the changes to school and our every day lives, many pupils completed their entries - which were all great and will all buried in the Time Capsule next term!

    The pupils' work was photographed first, so we can display it on our National Lottery Heritage Funded - Barking abbey and town centre heritage project's web page and we will celebrate the winners in each category - a printable Amazon Voucher should be on its way to you guys - well done to you all!

    We may never know how many years it will be, before future Barking residents unearth your treasures, in the time capsule, but we can all enjoy what you produced!

    The Winners are:

    Reception - Aaron

    Years 1&2 - Advik

    Year 3 - Sophia M

    Year 4 - John

    Year 5 - Millicent

    Year 6 - Giovanni

    Highly Commended - Faith and Yemi in Year 4

    Commended - Jonathon (reception), Joshua (year 2), Ayede Ackaa (year 3), Zhoiee (year 3), Tammy (year 4), Kylan (year 5), Jonathan (year 5) - Well done everyone - your documents are going into the Time Capsule, on a journey into the future!