Saturday, 28 May 2011

Thames Tributary Goresbrook - Dagenham

Thames Tributary Goresbrook
The Goresbrook rises in this area and flows southwards to the Thames

TQ 48384 84130

Area of suburban Dagenham

Post to the east Dagenham Heathway
Post to the south Dagenham
Post to the west Becontree

Chaplin Road
Dagenham Baptist Church. The meetings were in a hut owned by the local butcher. Later a tent was used on the site of the current church in Chaplin Road. The church itself was opened in 1927.

Dagenham Avenue
The Goresbrook flows underneath it.

Finnymore Road
Godwin Primary School

Hatfield Road
Hatfield Community Centre

Goresbrook
The source is under the District Railway Line near Parsloes Park


Goresbrook Park
The Goresbrook itself enters Goresbrook Park having flowed under Hedgeman’s Road. In the park it flows south through grassland but a range of plants grow along it and within it, attracting small scale wildlife. Because of the stream the area is liable to flood and unsuitable for housing. The LCC gave the land to Barking Council in 1930 who levelled and landscaped it. They also provided a sandpit and a paddling pool.

Hedgeman’s Road
The Goresbrook flows underneath it.
London City Mission. A. C. Dawson Gospel Hall. Built in 1930

Parsloes Park
Parsloes Park is named from ‘Posselewesmede’. So called in 1390. This is an old family name and comes from the Old French for 'cross the water'.
Pavilion

Rowdons Road
Thomas Arnold Primary School

Shortcross Road
Parsloes Primary School
Urswick Road
St Alban’s church built in 1933-4 and designed by Milner and Craze and funded by Violet Wills of the Wills tobacco family. The church is an expensive work in ashlar. It has a tower and pinnacles. Inside is a spacious nave under a massive roof.

Sources
Dagenham Baptist Church. Web site
London Borough of Barking. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. East London
St. Albans Church. Web site
Victoria History of Essex. Barking and Dagenham

1 comment:

Dominic said...

A spelling correction - it should be "Rowdowns Road", not "Rowdons"