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Barkingside is located in Greater London
 Barkingside shown within Greater London
OS grid reference
London borough Redbridge
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ILFORD
Postcode district IG6
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Ilford North
London Assembly Havering and Redbridge
List of places

Barkingside is a district of Ilford in the London Borough of Redbridge, north east London.

Barkingside was historically part of Essex until the creation of the London Borough of Redbridge in 1965.[1] Barkingside is chiefly known for the children's charity Barnardo's, which was founded there in 1866,[2] and still has its headquarters there. Some of the oldest buildings in Barkingside include the Barnardo's chapel, the underground station, which was originally an Edwardian railway station, and Holy Trinity Church, which dates from 1840.[3] Barkingside is an ethnically and religiously diverse district notable for an unusually high concentration of London's Jewish population.[4]


  • History 1
  • Education 2
  • Amenities 3
  • Sport and leisure 4
  • Transport 5
  • Notable people 6
  • Nearby places 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9


Fullwell Cross takes its name from a mediaeval preaching cross that once stood there. Long before there was a church, monks from Barking Abbey would go there to conduct outdoor services for the farmers of Barkingside.


Barkingside has four secondary schools: Ilford County High School, Caterham High School, King Solomon High School and Oaks Park High School. Primary schools in the area include Clore Tikva Primary School, Fullwood primary school and Mossford Green primary school.

Fullwell Cross Library, near the roundabout of the same name.


Many of the buildings along the A123 High Street Barkingside are owned by entrepreneur Alan Sugar. At the northern end of the High Street is Fullwell Cross roundabout, which gives its name to the adjacent leisure centre and distinctive circular Grade II listed library building (both designed by the architect Frederick Gibberd) as well as the council neighbourhood bordering the north west of Barkingside proper.

Ken Aston Square, located between the leisure centre and library, was officially opened on 27 September 2014. Ken Aston had been a local headteacher and the football referee thought to have introduced red and yellow cards. His name was chosen from a shortlist by residents.[5] The square is bordered on one side by a long arched colonnade designed in the style of the library building and providing a covered, lit space.

A small turfed space at the High Street end of Virginia Gardens known as the pocket park was also completed in 2014, partly funded by the GLA Pocket Parks Programme.[6] Its informal landscaping references Frederick Gibberd's garden and consists of trees, mixed shrubs and a Christmas tree.[7] Both square and park are outcomes of the Better Barkingside regeneration project.

Barkingside has two public houses. The New Fairlop Oak pub is located on the Fullwell Cross roundabout, named after a giant tree under which an annual fair took place for over a century. At the other end of the High Street is the Chequers pub.

Sport and leisure

Redbridge FC and Barkingside F.C., both non-league football clubs, share the facilities at the Oakside Stadium, adjacent to Barkingside tube station. Barkingside Recreational Ground in Mossford Green is one of the area's most popular open spaces.


The nearest London Underground station is Barkingside tube station on the Central line. There are also several bus routes:

Route Number Route Via Operator Operation
128 Handicapped/disabled access Claybury Broadway to Romford Station Barkingside, Gants Hill , Ilford Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
150 Handicapped/disabled access Chigwell Row to Becontree Heath Bus Station Hainault Barkingside, Gants Hill , Ilford Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
167 Handicapped/disabled access Debden to Ilford Hainault Street Loughton , Barkingside, Gants Hill Go-Ahead London Daily. London Buses service. Times
169 Handicapped/disabled access Barking Town Centre to Clayhall The Glade Ilford , Newbury Park, Barkingside Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
247 Handicapped/disabled access Barkingside to Romford Station Hainault , Collier Row Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
275 Handicapped/disabled access Walthamstow St James Street Station to Barkingside Tesco Highams Park, Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
462 Handicapped/disabled access Hainault The Lowe to Ilford Hainault Street Grange Hill , Barkingside, Gants Hill Go-Ahead London Daily. London Buses service. Times

Notable people

Nearby places

See also


  1. ^ "History of Redbridge". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Dr. Barnado's Homes at Barking Side.
  3. ^ Holy Trinity Church.
  4. ^ Office for National Statistics (2012). "2011 Census: QS210EW Religion (detailed), local authorities in England and Wales" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). 
  5. ^ Patient, Douglas (10 September 2014). "Shortlist announced for public vote on name for new Barkingside square". Gannet. Wanstead & Woodford Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Greater London Authority. "Pocket Parks Programme". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Better Barkingside (July 2014). "Project sheets: Town Square and Virginia Gardens". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ilford's 'Blonde Bombshell' Kathy Kirby dies age 72" Retrieved 13 September 2014.
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