It's time to lift the curfew!

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We've drawn up exciting new plans to give Barking’s 500 year old Curfew Tower a makeover.

We aim to declutter the approach to the tower and radically improve the landscaping to make this historic gem more visible and a much more attractive place to sit, relax and visit.

We will also introduce a bronze model of the ancient Abbey, to which the Curfew Tower was the principal gateway, to explain the historic importance of the site which includes the Abbey Ruins, Curfew Tower itself, and St Margaret’s Parish Church.

In the past curfews have been used to shut people away, but with this project we want to do the opposite. We want to restore the Tower as the centrepiece of this historically important site and create a dramatic approach which will draw people in and encourage them to relax, and also to learn about the history.

Our plans, which have funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, include reuse of the existing materials such as the Yorkstone flags and granite sets, and works to trim and maintain most of the existing trees.

We hope that it will help to revitalise the quieter end of East street by enticing shoppers, local residents and visitors to explore the area and understand Barking’s rich history.

We expect our proposals to be discussed by the Council’s planning committee in August.

Tell us what you think

Our survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who responded.


We've drawn up exciting new plans to give Barking’s 500 year old Curfew Tower a makeover.

We aim to declutter the approach to the tower and radically improve the landscaping to make this historic gem more visible and a much more attractive place to sit, relax and visit.

We will also introduce a bronze model of the ancient Abbey, to which the Curfew Tower was the principal gateway, to explain the historic importance of the site which includes the Abbey Ruins, Curfew Tower itself, and St Margaret’s Parish Church.

In the past curfews have been used to shut people away, but with this project we want to do the opposite. We want to restore the Tower as the centrepiece of this historically important site and create a dramatic approach which will draw people in and encourage them to relax, and also to learn about the history.

Our plans, which have funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, include reuse of the existing materials such as the Yorkstone flags and granite sets, and works to trim and maintain most of the existing trees.

We hope that it will help to revitalise the quieter end of East street by enticing shoppers, local residents and visitors to explore the area and understand Barking’s rich history.

We expect our proposals to be discussed by the Council’s planning committee in August.

Tell us what you think

Our survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who responded.


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