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Theresa Henry Cooper

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 Hello All!


Let's see, I was born in East End Maternity on Commercial Road in November of '63.  Wanting to get out of the East End mum & dad saved up their money and bought a house in Barking. 

Harpour Road, behind Barking Station, better known for the Brittania (The Brit) on the corner.  We were one of the first houses to have an inside loo! 

Considering that I'm ONLY 46 (lol) I remember alot of "upgrades" as a kid.  I remember getting our first telephone, it was a party line with a family across the street, and we didn't have the first 3 digits, the number was "Barking 8476" which years later turned into 594.  We had a box on the kitchen window sill to keep food cool.  I remember when we got our first fridge.

Having the Radio on and listening to "listen with mother" followed by "watch with mother" on the old black and white ............... kids were the remote controls in those days.

We had a bombsite at the end of the street which all us kids used to play in, finding old wood and pram wheels to make go-karts.

Running through the alleys to Glenney to go to the sweetshop.  A bakers between Harpour and Glenney where we used to get our crusty bread every morning, " 'alf a split tin please"!

You couldn't get into too much trouble because most of the mums stayed at home, you did something wrong anyones mum could give you "a clip 'round the ear 'ol".

Went to St Josephs, if you got in trouble at school, you bet you got in trouble when you got home!  Brownies and girl guides over at Northbury School.  Going swimming lessons at the "Baths" and walking home and getting a bag of chips and pickled onion.

St Ethelburgers Church, the old wooden one.  Old St Josephs school in the back was the catholic club.  Summer Bible shcool at the methodist church.  Monday night teenage club at the baptist church.  Sacred Heart secondry and getting the 87 bus from Faircross to the Chequers.

The Royal Oak/Flyhouse as a local.  Going out with mum and dad on a saturday night to Barking Working Mens Club - a big treat when we were little - having a lemonade and a bag of crisps!

Great memories from a great childhood .  When I was 12  we moved to Tavistock Gardens which was off Longbridge Rd, by Faircross.  That move was because of the "immigrants".

Now I live in America, an immigrant myself (pretty ironic).   I miss Barking, my friends, the pubs, all of it.  Came back for a visit a few years ago ......... it made me cry.  What happened to Barking?  We used to be proud to say that we came from Barking............... not any more mate!

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