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    History of Barking in 1874, Post Office Directory - part 2

    History of Barking


    With Rippleside

    The market has dwindled down to the exhibition of a few street stall on Saturday nights, but the fair for the town is maintained in much of its original state on the 22nd October.

    The town formerly derived its chief support from the fishing trade, which has now entirely left the place, the facilities afforded by railways for bringing the fish to market having caused smack owners to resort to such places as Grimsby. Some smacks are built here, and there are still lofts and rope yards. A large jute manufactory has been established here, where are employed an average of about 1,000 hands.

    A considerable portion of Hainault Forest is in this parish, within the limits of which formerly stood the renowned Fairlop Oak, the stem of which, at three feet from the ground, measured 36 feet in girth, and the boughs extended over 300 feet in circumference of 300 feet; under its shade for many years, a fair was held on the first Friday in July; but the tree is ; the ground on which it reared its mighty head is in the hands of the husbandmen, and Fairlop Fair lives only in the records of the past.

    The North London Main Drainage Sewer passes through an outlying portion of this parish, in the marsh lands on the banks of the river Roding, and the reservoir, or main outfall, is constructed on lands in barking parish.

    Eastbury House, about one mile from Barking, is an old brick building connected by tradition with the Gunpowder Plot; , it is a most interesting piece of antiquity, but is now used as a farm house, and appears to be rapidly falling to decay; the estate on which it stands belongs to the Sterry family.

    The manor of Barking, which is paramount all over the hundred, remained in the Crown till James I sold it to Sir Thomas Fanshawe; since then it has been in the families of Humphrey and Gore; it was purchased of the latter by Smart Lethieullier esq, and is now the property of Sir Edward Hulse, bart, in right of his wife Mary, the heiress of that family.

    The principal landowners are the Marquis of Salisbury  and Sir Edward Hulse, bart.

    The parish contains 12,306 acres of land and 314 of water. Gross estimated rental, £73,550; rateable value, £55,672. The population of the entire parish in 1871 was 12,523. The population of Barking ward and town in 1871 was 6,061.

    Rippleside consists of a number of scattered farms, extending from 1 to 3 miles east of Barking, near the bank of the Thames in Romford county court district. The population in 1871 was about 515. To the north west are Porters and Parsloes.

    Official Establishments, Local Institutions etc

    Post & Money Order Office, Post Office Savings Bank & Government Annuity & Insurance & telegraph Office, Pavement – William Henry Stephens, postmaster. Letters dispatched at 9.45 am, 12.5, 5 & 9 pm & on Sundays at 7.45 pm, delivered at 7 & 8.30 am & 2 & 6.15 pm. Money order office open from 9 am to 6 pm. Post Office Savings Bank open daily, same hours as money order office. Wall End is the postal district of East Ham.

    Insurance Agents :-
    General, W H Stephens, Axe Street
    Great Britain Mutual Life, E Deveson, Hope cottage
    Liverpool & London & Globe, J Linsdell, Fisher Street; J Willett, North Street
    Norwich Union Fire, S Mayes, Barking Road, J A Milne, North Street
    Phoenix Fire, W Brewers, New Road
    Queen, J Holmes
    Reliance Mutual Life, W Bewers, New Road
    Royal, D Hockley, Heath Street
    Royal Exchange, F H Parsons, East Street
    Sun, F E Fitt, Broadway
    Union, F Hearne, North Street; D Soul, 16 Church Road
    Public Establishments:-
    Police Station, North Street, Thos lamb & Jno Walkling, sergeants
    Public Lighting & Watching Committee, Thos Forge, clerk
    Stamp Office, Broadway, William Henry Stephens, distributor
    Inspector of Nuisances, Richard Daniel Wilding, Linton Road
    Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Richard Daniel Wilding, Linton Road
    Places of Worship:-
    St Margaret’s Church, Rev Alfred Blomfield MA, vicar; Rev F P H Powell MA & Rev J R Corbett, curates
    Roman Catholic Church, Linton Road, Rev James Gilligan, priest
    Friends Meeting House, North Street
    Plymouth Brethren Chapel, Axe Street
    Independent Chapel, Broadway
    Primitive Methodist Chapel, ministers various
    Wesleyan Chapel, East Street, ministers various
    Baptist Chapel, Queens Road, ministers various
    National, Creeks mouth, Miss Smith, mistress
    National (boys, girls & infants), Abbey grounds, Joshua King, master; T Foyle; Miss Elizabeth Ann Fisher, mistress; Miss Louisa Walter, infants mistress
    National (infants), North Street, for 262 children; average attendance, 217; Miss Louisa E Walter, mistress
    National, Rippleside, Miss Alice Hambleton, mistress
    Plymouth Brethren, Axe Street, Mrs Katharine Robinson, mistress
    Roman Catholic (mixed), Linton Road, Miss Elizabeth Weyman, mistress
    Wesleyan (mixed), East Street, John Dolman, master
    Railway Station, East Street, Wm Chalk, station master
    Carriers to London:-
    Charles Leftley & John Jaggers, from their own houses, every morning, returning the same evening


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