Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service
Film covers the building of the Mark's Gate Estate from June 1951 to 28 October 1962.
Opening title reads "The Development of Mark's Gate Housing Estate" hand-written in white with a grassy background, followed by "By Dagenham Borough Council under the Supervision of..." then "Our opening shots show the site in the year 1952." Various shots then show fields, trees, fences and a horse: a sign tells us we are on Rose Lane. We see bulldozers churning up the countryside. We then see rows of terraced houses, and a sign for East Road. More shots of the building sites, surrounded by scaffolding, as the estate is slowly built up. We now see a sign for Rose Lane with houses in the background. Hutchinson Court is written on the side of a large housing block. The development also includes bungalows and larger houses. Shots of new residents in their doorways, whilst building continues around them. A sign for Sheepcotes Road, then Longhayes Court. Children play outside a bungalow, and a toddler peeps out from behind net curtains; an old lady feeds her pet parrot. A bus and cars drive past the estate. Children play with an abandoned cart in a messy road; we see a sign for Eastern Avenue. The estate now begins to look far more complete, with neat pavements and street lighting. Another shot of Rose Lane, then Hatch Grove. A sign for Thatcher's Grove, with shops behind, including the London Co-Operative Society. A sign for Arneway's Avenue by the modern St. Mark's Church. A large modern building: Mark's Gate Junior School. Rosehatch Avenue, with neat terraced bungalows nearby, and children playing.
Information from box: This film was made by T.R Challis, 16 Adelaide Gardens, Chadwell Heath, Essex. It covers the building of the Marks Gate Estate from June 1951 to 28th October 1962. It was presented by him to the Library for permanent preservation November 1962This film is part of the following gallery:
United Kingdom; England; London; Barking and Dagenham; Romford; Chadwell Heath; Mark's Gate Estate; Rose Lane; East Road; Sheepcoates Road; Thatcher's Grove; Arenway's Avenue; Rosehatch Avenue; St. Mark's Church; Mark's Gate Junior School
Portrait of a place
Filmmaker: T.R. Challis
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|Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service||16mm film||LSA5895||Mute|