Framed certificate

Object number

LDVAL 2906/6




Framed certificate welcoming King George VI and Queen Mary to Barking 18/7/31. Presented by Barking Urban District Council.

Physical description

Framed certificate on white paper and printed throughout in black ink. Contains 30 lines of text welcoming the King and Queen to Barking. Bears red seal of Barking in lower right corner which shows an image of Curfew Tower.






Whole length: 456mm
width: 314mm


Whole: Paper
Frame: Wood

Collection type

Social history


Inscription Written On front: TO THEIR MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTIES / KING GEORGE AND QUEEN MARY. / May it please your Majesties / In the name of the inhabitants of this ancient town of Barking, we, / the Chairman and Councillors of the Urban District of Barking Town / in the County of Essex humbly extend to your Majesties a hearty welcome / on this the third visit of Your Majesties to the District, the first of these visits / being to view one of the largest housing estates in the realm (part of which is / situated in Barking) and the second, to open at Creeksmouth [sic] in Barking / what will be the largest Electricity Generating Station in the world. / We particularly wish to express our great pleasure for the renewed / health and strength vouchsafed to Your Majesty, the King. / Your Majesties careful thought for the welfare of all your subjects / is well known and highly esteemed and Your Majesties' presence here to- / day is but a further demonstration of the anxious solicitude with which / Your Majesties have by your never failing interest in the King George Hospital anticipated the needs of your subjects affected by the / great development taking place in this district. / This gracious interest on the part of Your Majesties has encour- / aged the Urban District Council of Barking Town / to provide further houses for the working classes, / to institute a Development Committee for promoting / (inter alia) the social welfare of the inhabitants / and to petition Your Majesty the King for a Charter of Incorporation / to unite in one body the Inhabitants of Barking under the style of the / Mayor, Alderman and Burgesses of the Borough of Barking. / In assuring Your Majesties of our unbounded affection and loyalty / we devoutly pray that Your Majesties, secure in the affection of your / people, may long be spared to enjoy good health and strength to preside / over the destinies of Your Great Empire. / Given under the common / seal of the Urban District / Council of Barking Town / the Eighteenth day of / July 1931.

Alternative reference

Entry Nummber 2906/6

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InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeSocial history