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The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is a London borough in East London and forms part of Outer London.


The borough was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 as the London Borough of Barking. The constituent parts were the greater part of the Municipal Borough of Barking and the entire Municipal Borough of Dagenham, the former area of which was transferred to Greater London from Essex. At the time of the amalgamation the combined population of Barking and Dagenham was around 180,000, the northern tip of Dagenham having been incorporated into Redbridge and a small area of Barking in Newham.

Governance and Politics[]

Barking and Dagenham Council is elected every four years. The most recent election was on 5 May 2022 and the council consists of 51 councillors with 3 councillors representing each of 17 wards. Since 2010 all councillors have been members of the Labour Party.[1] The party has had control of the council since its creation. Details of political control and election results can be found on the London Datastore and London Councils websites.[2] [3]

See also: List of Mayors of Barking and Dagenham

For elections to parliament, the borough is divided between the constituencies of Barking and Dagenham and Rainham. The latter constituency includes three wards from the London Borough of Havering.


The borough borders the London Borough of Havering to the east with the River Rom forming part of the boundary. It borders the London Borough of Newham to the west with the River Roding forming much of the border. To the south is the River Thames which forms the borough's boundary with the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. To the north the borough forms a thin protrusion between Havering and the London Borough of Redbridge in order to encompass Chadwell Heath.


The borough consists of and includes the following areas:

Most of the housing in the borough was constructed by the London County Council during the interwar period of 1918-1939. Major settlement of the area, mostly escaping slum conditions in the East End of London, occurred during this period when the new motor and chemical industries such as the Ford Motor Company plant at Dagenham were set up. Since the decline of these industries in the 1980s, employment has shifted towards service sector jobs. Much of the borough is within the London Riverside area of the Thames Gateway zone and is the site of considerable house building and other development. A £500 million budget has been earmarked for redevelopment of the borough's principal district of Barking.


The borough was estimated to have a population of 214,107 as of mid 2020.[4]

A detailed breakdown of the 2011 census has been published by the borough council and can be downloaded here: Census 2011; Second Release: Key Statistics for Wards, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.


Barking and Dagenham council is a local education authority. As of May 2022 its website lists the following:[5]

  • 5 infant schools
  • 5 junior schools
  • 35 primary schools
  • 4 all-through schools
  • 8 secondary schools
  • 1 technical and training school
  • 1 secondary tuition centre (referral unit)
  • 3 special schools

London Fire Brigade[]

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has two fire stations within its boundary; Barking and Dagenham. Barking fire station operates two pumping appliances, a bulk foam unit, a breathing apparatus support unit, a damage control unit and a hazardous materials support unit. The support units that are operated here will cover a large selection of station grounds and areas. Dagenham fire station operates two pumping appliances and a hydraulic platform.

Of the two stations; Dagenham is the busier, attending over two thousand incidents in 2006/2007.

External links[]

Some local notables are listed here [2].

Details of the formation of the borough here [3].

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Information on the archives of the borough and its predecessors here [4]


  1. Barking and Dagenham 2022. London Councils.
  2. London Elections Reports.
  3. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. London Boroughs Political Almanac. London Councils.
  4. Population and demographic data. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
  5. Local Schools. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.