St Margaret's, Barking


Family records of St Margaret's Barking

St Margaret's Church can only keep very recent records of Baptisms, Confirmations and Weddings. Older records, including burials and monuments, are held by Essex Records Office or The Valence House Museum in Dagenham or Barking Registry Office as follows:-

  • Baptisms: St Margaret's has records from 6th January 1991.
    Earlier records are held at Essex Records Office.
  • Confirmations: St Margaret's has records back to 28th November 1965. Earlier records are held at Essex Records Office.
  • Weddings: St Margaret's has registers back to 21st August 1993. Earlier Parish records are deposited at Essex Records Office. Barking Registry Office also has copies of Church & Civil Marriage Registers from 1837.
  • Burials: All Burial Registers are held at Essex Records Office. The Valence House Museum has details of Churchyard graves/monuments and Microfiche records for Rippleside Burial Ground (including burials moved there from the "Park Hall" Graveyard).

Graves and monuments

In Church: A plan and list of monuments located inside the Church, with names, if known, is hanging on the wall of the Outer North Aisle (behind the War Memorial).

Churchyard: The Borough Engineers Department of Barking Council took over maintenance of the Churchyard in 1930. They carried out a survey of monuments and graves in between 1930 & 1932 and produced an index and plan which are now held by the Valence House Museum in Dagenham. The museum also has a book which has a detailed description of each monument and details any wording that was legible at that time. Unfortunately a significant number of graves have since been damaged or have deteriorated so much, mainly due to weathering, that they have had to be removed to ensure the safety of the public using the Churchyard.

Contact addresses:

  • Barking Registry Office Arden House, 198 Longbridge Road, Barking Essex IG11 8SY. Tel: 0208 270 4744 Fax: 0208 270 4745. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm (except Bank & Public Holidays).
  • Essex Records Office, Wharf Road Chelmsford, Essex
    Telephone: 01245 244 644 E-mail address:
  • Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, Essex RM8 3HT. Tel: 020 8270 6865 Fax: 020 8270 6868 Web site:
  • Valence Local Studies Centre: Monday to Friday (closed Wednesday) 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday: 10am - 4pm.
  • East of London Family History Society: Information about membership and publications available on their website:
  • St Margaret's Church Office, The Broadway, Barking, Essex IG11 8AS. Tel; 0208 594 2932 Web site:

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Denis Wakeling

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Curfew Tower

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