Colour Scenes of the Council – Barking

For this week’s Film Fridays we’re going to Barking in the later1960s/early 1970s with a film created by the council and showing some of the redevelopment in the area. Beginning at Boundary Road we see the development of the Gascoigne area and some of the roads and buildings demolished to make way for new buildings.

There’s a lot going on in the area again now, but maybe you remember it from the 1960s or are suprised by the changes to the area? As always, please share your thoughts and memories in the comments below.

The film has no sound.



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5 thoughts on “Colour Scenes of the Council – Barking

  1. I am very familiar with the area covered in this film and of this era.
    As a child growing up in the sixties I lived a few streets away and continue to do so although I have now witnessed / am now witnessing the demolition of many of the buildings featured in this film.

  2. Wonderful memories of living in Keith Road. Had my two children there. Met a friend in Australia who lived in Keith Road, Gasgoine Road end. whilst I lived in the King Edwards end. We had a great time reminiscing about our times living in Keith Road. My brother, sister in law lived in Perth Road just a little walk through the alleyway and we were at her house. Wonderful days.

  3. Enjoyed the film, but a sad day to see what they are doing to the estate. The people won’t be as happy as we were in the old houses. I lived in Oban Road ok the houses needed update ie a bathroom but people were friendly and happy. It holds a lot of memories. Those new places didn’t last long did they.

  4. I lived in one of those towers for a couple of years. It wasn’t my first choice but there was plenty of space in the flats, all ‘mod cons’ and there were nice people on our landing, all very different but who looked out for each other. We were grateful for a decent place of our own to live at a very reasonable rent – about half what we would have had to pay for private rental with a lot less room.
    There’s a downside to everything of course :there were only 2 lifts( as I recall) and when they weren’t working, 17 floors is a long climb especially with shopping/small children/a bike. People used the lifts as toilets and the day the lift was awash with blood was the day we decided to move.

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