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    History of Barking in 1862, Post Office Directory

    History of Barking

    Barking With Rippleside - part 2

    The market has dwindled down to the exhibition of a few street stalls on Saturday nights, but the fair is maintained in much of its original state; it is held on the 22nd October.
    Until within the last few years the town derived its chief support from the fishing trade, carried on to a great extent, but of late years this has greatly diminished, the facilities afforded by railways for bringing the fish to market having caused smack owners to resort to such places as Grimsby, from whence they can avail themselves of three or four market days at Billingsgate, instead of keeping fish three or four days in the well of the smack whilst running up the river; this circumstance has greatly injured the trade of the town. Some smacks are built here, and there are still lofts and rope yards.
    There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, Baptists, Roman Catholics, national and Wesleyan schools, savings bank, metropolitan police station, etc; and the town is lighted with gas.
    The parish contains 12,516 acres of land and 225 of water; separated from West and East Ham and Little Ilford by the river Roding, from Dagenham by the Rom, and having the Thames on the south. It is divided into four wards; Barking in the south-west; Ilford, or Great Ilford in the north-west; Chadwell in the north-east, and Ripple in the south-east. The population of Barking ward and town in 1861 was 6,700, including 1,300 absent in deep sea fishery.
    Eastbury House, about one mile from Barking, is an old brick building, in which, according to tradition, some of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators held meetings; but a counter tradition places the facts in quite an opposite light, by affirming that its only connection with the plot consisted in its being at that time the residence of Lord Monteagle, one of the parties having most reason to dread its success, and who here received a letter warning him of his danger; any way it is a most interesting piece of antiquity, and one which its present owner has partially restored At the mouth of the Roding creek, on the Thames, are magazines.
    Rippleside is a straggling village in Barking parish, 2 miles east of Barking, and 9 from London, near the Thames bank, in the Romford county court district. The population in 1861 was about 350, included in the above 6,700. To the north west are Porters and Parsloes.
    This parish is in the Eastern postal district.

    Post Office - William Henry Stephens, Broadway, postmaster. Letters dispatched at 9.25 am, 12.25, 4 & 9 pm; delivered at 9 am, 2, 7 & 9.15 pm. Money order office open from 9 am to 6 pm. Post Office savings Bank open daily same hours as money order business

    Insurance Agents :-
    Accidental Death, George Martin, Broadway
    Alliance, Theodore Carter, Heath Street
    Atlas Fire & Life, George Martin, Broadway
    Emperor, William Bailey, Axe Street
    General Life & Fire, William henry Stephens, Pavement; D Cordery, 1 Rosetta Villas, Barking Road
    General Hailstorm, George Martin, Broadway
    Globe Fire & Life, James Linsdell, Heath Street
    Manchester Fire, George Martin, Broadway
    Norfolkfarmers Cattle, George Martin, Broadway
    Norwich & London Accidental Death, George Martin, Broadway
    Phoenix Fire, William Ashmole
    Reliance & East of England, Henry William Earle, Fisher Street
    Royal Exchange, Frederick Davidson, East Street
    Star, Charles Granville, Broadway
    Sun Fire & Life, Edward Fitt, Broadway
    Unity, William Knowles, Fisher Street
    World & Accidental Death, James Holmes, Broadway

    Public Establishments
    Savings Bank, High Street, Mr C Mumford, actuary; open every tuesday evening
    Police Station, William Vaughan, sergeant
    Gasworks, Fisher Street, David Hulett, proprietor
    Stamp Office, William henry Stephens, Broadway

    Public Officers:-
    Parish Clerk, Joseph Edlin, Broadway
    Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Richard Daniel Wilding, North Street

    Places of Worship:-
    St Margarets Church, Rev Henry F Seymour, MA, vicar; Rev Octavius Slocock, BA, curate
    Independent Chapel, Broadway, Rev Joseph Smedmore, minister
    Primitive Methodist Chapel, ministers various
    Wesleyan Chapel, East Street, ministers various
    Baptist Chapel, Queens Road, ministers various
    Catholic Chapel, Station Road, Rev james Gilligan, priest

    Public Schools:-
    Broadway Public (mixed), Broadway, Thomas Price Griffiths, master; Miss Reckabina Rans, assistant mistress
    Catholic (mixed), Linton Road, Miss Catherine Heney, mistress
    Infant, Mrs Mary Matilda Mull, mistress
    National (for boys & girls), North Street, Richard Wilding, master; Mrs Wilding, mistress

    Carriers to London - A van for Aveley calls at the George Inn, morning daily & returns same evening, for goods & passengers; James Leftley & John Jaggers, from their own houses, morning, return the same evening
    Railway - London, Tilbury & Southen, Frequent trains during the day to Fenchurch Street, Bishopsgate, North London & all the stations on the line.

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