Becontree Heath

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Coordinates: 51°33′49″N 0°09′09″E / 51.563595°N 0.152614°E / 51.563595; 0.152614

Becontree Heath
Dagenham civic center london.jpg
The civic centre
Becontree Heath is located in Greater London
Becontree Heath
Becontree Heath
 Becontree Heath shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ493871
    - Charing Cross 12.5 mi (20.1 km)  WSW
London borough Barking & Dagenham
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DAGENHAM
Postcode district RM8
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Dagenham and Rainham
London Assembly City and East
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Becontree Heath (also spelt Beacontree Heath) is an open space in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The name has also been applied to the local area, in particular to the RM8 postal district.

History[edit]

Becontree Heath functioned as the ancient meeting place for Becontree hundred, which covered much of what is now East London. In 1465, the hundred lost territory in the east and the meeting place became located on its fringe.[1] When it was still a rural parish, Becontree Heath was a hamlet in Dagenham.

Geography[edit]

It is the location, at the corner of Rainham Road North and Wood Lane of Barking and Dagenham Civic Centre, an imposing Grade II listed 1930s art deco building designed by Ernest Berry Webber[2] and the former town hall of Dagenham Borough Council.

It is the location of the high density Becontree Heath Estate, built by Barking London Borough Council from 1966 to 1970.[3]

It is the location of a London Buses bus station with services to Chigwell, Canning Town, Romford, Beckton, Dagenham, Rainham, Chadwell Heath and Gallows Corner.[4] Crowlands Heath Golf Club[5] and Becontree Heath Leisure Centre[6] are located here.

Education[edit]

Local education is listed on the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham article.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The hundred of Becontree: Introduction', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 5 (1966). Date accessed: 11 January 2008.
  2. ^ Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council - Dagenham Civic Centre
  3. ^ Cherry, Bridget (2005). London. New Haven, CT London: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300107012. 
  4. ^ Transport for London - Becontree Heath (PDF)
  5. ^ Crowlands Heath Golf Club - Crowlands Heath Golf Club
  6. ^ Becontree Heath Leisure Centre - Becontree Heath Leisure Centre