It is unlikely that the website will return to its former glory, which it obtained using Freewebs in its formative years. This had limitations placed on it for the amount of storage on a free basis.
When I signed up with my new service provider-- One.com--I thought I may have been able to migrate the site direct, but this has not proved fruitful, therefore I am having to rebuild this from scratch, which is proving far more difficult than I first imagined.
My new provider-- One.com-- has given me much more storage space, which can only be a benefit to the site article wise.
Some features, however, will probably now never return, unless my new hosting upgrades its features.
This site is under construction, and ongoing, so bear with me! Please return regularly for updates!
Nonetheless it still boasts a number of the feature stories that once appeared there, and also some new ones.
E Books & Books
I have decided to suspend any further newspaper index updates, as these can now be found on the Barking & Dagenham Post website from 2002 onwards in their E Editions ................... http://www.bdpost.co.uk/home/e-edition
Anyone who wants copies of my previous indexes: note that they are still available at a modest fee. These include, the Barking Shop Survey of 2004; along with the 'Newspaper Indexes', which are available to download immediately as an E-Book at a modest fee: or a more serious users can purchase a 'Print on demand' paperback. If you wish to know more please do not hesitate to contact me on the e-mail address below.
Also available here for download or paperbacks are: "A Roam Through Chadwell Heath" and a new updated version "Health & Sanitation in Barking Town in the 1800s".
Do not let these changes deter you from sending me any items, memories or photographs of the Borough for inclusion in the new pages. Please remember though, that as Editor I do have to edit sometimes, even if it is just to allow these to fit within the confines of the pages here!
The web site in its first year from 2006-07 received over 5,000 hits. Its second year has proved even more successful, as in November 2008 the count was well in excess of 20,000... far more than I ever thought possible when I came up with the idea. The third year has also started off well, and it soon became clear that there would not be enough space for all the features and pictures. I thank all the people who have utilised these pages and found them useful.
The fourth year indeed see me run out of space and the necessity to find another service provider. This shows the success of this site. I do not want to have to remove items, but want to keep the majority of the old fetures while adding new material.
I think new material is one of the successes of the site, the constant updating of the pages and adding new features. I am always open to receive articles for consideration on the pages, and one such person-- Mervyn Gould-- who is sadly no longer with us, provided me with an excellent compilation on the Cinema's of the borough.
All the items have been prepared by myself for the site, and although many are my copyright I do not mind other's utilising details from them for personal usage only. If you are using them for other uses please contact me. Alot of the newer pictures are also my copyright.
Again the Guestbook is proving a difficulty, but I am still working on it for your comments, if you have found these pages of interest. You can for the present e-mail me direct.
Feel free to write and share your memories here, and to send pictures of the Barking, Chadwell Heath and Dagenham regions. If you have any photographs that you wish to share on the district I am always happy and grateful to do so. Please scan them over to me at my e-mail address.
I hope to eventually return most of the old favourites to the website, even with the loss of some features, like videos and sound.
The abridged version of The Rental for Barking Abbey, dated 1456, for the northern part of the town.
The abridged version of a section of the Barking Ministers' Account for the Manor of Barking, dated 1540 is available.
Also available is a Place Name Index of The Survey of the Manor of Barking in 1609 in Word format (although does not appear here). The original of which was taken during the reign of James I.
The 2004 Barking Town Shop Survey can currently be obtained from Lulu.com. A fully searchable version can be made for Microsoft Access.
There are further surveys of Barking's shops which I took in 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2009. Due to the amount work involved a fee will be charged if anybody requires these, as they are not currently in print. These will be produced as a paper copy, directly from me. Please enquire for details!
A large part of my collection comprises of Transport information for Barking & Dagenham. This includes: stagecoach, turnpike, tram, trolleybus, omnibus, bus & train timetables, maps, tickets, magazines and other ephemera.
Anyone with an interest in the Vickers surname from: Sudbury (1790-1850s), Halstead (1800s-1870s), West Ham (1860s-1960s) , Rainham (1940s-1960s, 2000-2010), Barking & Dagenham (1950s-2010) may also find this site useful, as we may well be related, and they can contact me direct.
Currently the site is closed for questions during the rebuild.
Please be aware that I do not carry out genealogical research!!!!
Please still e-mail me direct with any suggestions about the items on the website MrIVickers@AOL.com.
Ian Vickers: Barking, November 2006.
Last updated, October 2012.