Log books of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic School, 1890-1981

Object number



1890 – 1981


1 folder




This collection comprises the log books of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic School (1890-1981).


Barking Catholic school is first mentioned in the parish records in 1859. This consisted of two rooms to accommodate infants. Between 1859 and 1927 this school located on William Street was gradually enlarged, to accommodate school children of all ages. In 1927 the infant and junior pupils were transferred to a new school situated in Morley Road, which became known as St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic School. Children at the school were among those evacuated to Somerset during the Second World War. On April 20th 1941, St. Joseph’s School was completed destroyed by enemy bombing. The returning evacuees were subsequently housed in the school’s old premises on William Street, and then the site of St. Ethelburga’s School on Lintons Road. However as attendance numbers continued to increase the senior pupils were housed on the top floor of Northbury School, North Street. Various attempts were made to rebuild the school in the post war period but it was continually drop from building programme of Barking Borough Council. Finally the building of the new St. Joseph’s School was started in Gascoigne Road in 1967, and was completed in February 1969.

Conditions governing access

Open to research.

Conditions governing reproduction

At the discretion of the Borough Archivist.

Physical description

Bound volumes.



Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Assistant Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

Belongs to:

« Records of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic School, 1890-1981

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Start date1890
End date1981