Barkingside was historically part of Essex until the creation of the London Borough of Redbridge in 1965. Barkingside is chiefly known for the children's charity Barnardo's, which was founded there in 1866, and still has its headquarters there. Some of the oldest buildings in Barkingside include the Barnardo's chapel, the underground station, which was originally an Edwardian railway station, and Holy Trinity Church, which dates from 1840. Barkingside is an ethnically and religiously diverse district notable for an unusually high concentration of London's Jewish population.
Barkingside has four secondary schools: Ilford County High School, Caterham High School, King Solomon High School and Oaks Park High School. Primary schools in the area include Clore Tikva Primary School, Fullwood primary school and Mossford Green primary school.
Many of the buildings along the A123 Barkingside High Street are owned by entrepreneur Alan Sugar. At the northern end of the High Street is Fullwell Cross roundabout, which gives its name to the adjacent swimming baths and distinctive circular library, as well as the council neighbourhood bordering the north west of Barkingside proper.
Fulwell Cross takes its name from a mediaeval preaching cross that once stood there. Long before there was a church, monks from Barking Abbey would go there to conduct outdoor services for the farmers of Barkingside.
At the Fulwell Cross roundabout is a pub, The New Fairlop Oak, named after a giant tree, under which an annual fair took place for centuries.
Sport and leisure
Redbridge FC and Barkingside F.C., both non-league football clubs, share the facilities at the Oakside Stadium, adjacent to Barkingside tube station. Barkingside Recreational Ground in Mossford Green is one of the area's most popular open spaces.
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|150||Chigwell Row to Becontree Heath Bus Station||Hainault Barkingside, Gants Hill , Ilford||Arriva London||Daily. London Buses service. Times|
|167||Debden to Ilford Hainault Street||Loughton , Barkingside, Gants Hill||Go-Ahead London||Daily. London Buses service. Times|
|169||Barking Town Center to Clayhall The Glade||Ilford , Newbury Park, Barkingside||Stagecoach London||Daily. London Buses service. Times|
|247||Barkingside Station to Romford Station||Hainault , Collier Row||Stagecoach London||Daily. London Buses service. Times|
|275||Walthamstow St James Street Station to Barkingside Tesco||Highams Park, Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge||Stagecoach London||Daily. London Buses service. Times|
|462||Hainault The Lowe to Ilford Hainault Street||Grange Hill , Barkingside, Gants Hill||Go-Ahead London||Daily. London Buses service. Times|
- Trevor Brooking, footballer, attended Ilford County High School.
- Kathy Kirby, singer, grew up in Barkingside.
- "History of Redbridge". http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/leisure_and_libraries/leisure_and_culture/enjoy_redbridge/history_of_redbridge.aspx. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- http://www.victorianlondon.org/charities/barnados.htm Dr. Barnado's Homes at Barking Side.
- http://www.eastlondonchurch.co.uk Holy Trinity Church.
- Office for National Statistics (2012). "2011 Census: QS210EW Religion (detailed), local authorities in England and Wales" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet).
- "Ilford's 'Blonde Bombshell' Kathy Kirby dies age 72" Ilfordrecorder.co.uk. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
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