Our Parish



The Deanery of Barking and Dagenham is almost co-terminus with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham which contains the Becontree Estate and the remnants of Ford Motor Company. The existing population is having to come to terms with rapid change especially in demographics which many find hard to accept, hence the recent rise of the British National Party. Thankfully due to the combined efforts of many, including the churches, the threat is much reduced.

There are 11 parishes in the Deanery. We are working hard to be a cohesive, supportive group of parishes with a shared vision. The Chapter and Deanery meet regularly for mutual support and development.


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Within the Deanery there is much housing development especially within the Parish south of the A13. This opens up many opportunities for mission and ministry.


Relationships between Faith Groups are good and there is an active Faith Forum.

We would welcome a new colleague to continue the active involvement within the Deanery and the community that has very much been part of the ethos of the Church. With a strong vision that is part of the wider Deanery and area vision, we look forward to the future together.




The Parish of Barking is a historically significant area which has a multicultural present and a future that includes major regeneration projects. It is an area with significant challenges and opportunities for mission and ministry. Behind the church is a new development which promises to house over 500 flats with planned completion within a year.  This development offers a great opportunity for evangelism and ministry. St Margaret's church is at the center of this development.


In interactive history of the Barking Abbey and St Margaret's Church significant historical locations include:

Barking Abbey, situated alongside St. Margaret’s Church, it is one of the most important religious archaeological sites in Europe today.  The great Barking Abbey grounds beside our church attracts hundreds of visitors and tourists who are welcome in St Margaret's Church centre to see and experience more of the movement of God in England.


One of the money flower decorations by Carol Brabender celebrating the many community groups who are a part of St Margaret's community influence






The celebration of the 800th year of the Church was a marked year long event that brought many positive development in St Margaret's Church and the surrounding community.

Dedication of the Abbey Church history situated around the abbey grounds

Eastbury Manor House is a listed mansion house built in the reign of Elizabeth I and is located in the neighboring parish of St. Patrick’s Church.





A historic artist rendition of the barking Abbey (the Abbey Church) St. Margaret's Church) can be seem at the top left)

Barking’s fishing heritage is celebrated with several memorials in St. Margaret’s Church and at the restored Town Quay.

The ancient Bull Public House, situated across the road, would probably have visitors residing there on pilgrimages


Barking Town Hall was opened in 1958 when Barking was a borough in its own right. St. Margaret’s Church has recently become custodians of the Coat of Arms for the former London Borough of Barking.






A part of the Abbey grounds








The Parish covers most, but not all, of two local authority wards (Abbey and Gascoigne). With the highest 0 - 19 years growth in England this area generally has more young people and less elderly people in the borough and a community in need of Christian fellowship and outreach.


The area is ethnically diverse reflecting over 60 different languages and communities in St Margaret's Church Barking.

A Sikh Gurdwara is based within the Parish while a Muslim Mosque is just outside the Parish boundary in Ilford. These communities are frequent visitors welcome to the use and rental of the church centre facilities. 


A good percentage of residents work within the Parish primarily in the retail trade (e.g. Barking Town Centre), for the local council, in real estate, manufacturing and transport (the parish is close to London City Airport). Many residents also commute to the City and other London boroughs for work, using the good transport links in the area. Barking Station is a major interchange with rail and tube links to Essex and to Central and North London.


Abbey and Gascoigne wards are listed in the 10% most deprived in the UK. The economic activity rate in the borough is lower and the unemployment rate significantly higher compared to London or the country as a whole. However a vibrant potential is growing with new developments and a dynamic community. There is a marginally larger proportion of benefit claimants than is typical across London, and a higher proportion than Britain as a whole. This can also be attributed to the growth of many migrant continuities in Barking. Barking is a key attraction for many  professionals leaving the city in search of affordable housing for growing families. As the population grows so should the outreach and St Margaret's Church is a key part of this vision.

Housing in the parish is very mixed ranging from modern estates in major new developments, tower blocks (Gascoigne), Edwardian terraces (Barking Town Centre), private (Barking Park) and council/Housing Association (Gascoigne and Harts Lane). There are major regeneration developments on going with more planned in Barking Town Centre which will add considerably to the housing stock in the Parish.

There are many primary schools (including our own Church School and St. Joseph Roman Catholic School) plus one secondary school in the parish. Many children go outside the parish, to St. Edwards Church of England School (Romford) or Barking Abbey School, for secondary education

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