The Development of Mark's Gate Housing Estate
16mm film Black & White Silent 1951 - 1962 20:32
Summary: Film covers the building of the Mark's Gate Estate from June 1951 to 28 October 1962.
Title number: 4289
Description: 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.
Credits: Filmmaker: T.R. Challis
Further information: 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 1962
Keywords: School; Development; Housing estate
In galleries: London's Evolution
Locations: 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
Peter Phelps wrote on August 31, 2019:We lived in a flat 54 Arneways Avenue. We moved there in 1954 when I was four years old. I…We lived in a flat 54 Arneways Avenue. We moved there in 1954 when I was four years old. I lived there until 1972 when I got married to a girl from Rose Lane, were still happily married. This film brought back loads of happy memories
Paul Hewson wrote on February 12, 2018:My Dad lived as we did at 15 Lawn Farm Grove for 47 years ,changed a lot over the years…My Dad lived as we did at 15 Lawn Farm Grove for 47 years ,changed a lot over the years ,Trying to find out more about the old Farms ,Don Bennett lived in one ,and then in the Bungalow top of Rose Lane in Billet Road as you turn Left at The Harrow pub ?
Pat Keen was Fagg wrote on January 11, 2018:Moved to Marks Gate in 1953 aged 8 lived in Crabtree Avenue this is a wonderful record of that time…Moved to Marks Gate in 1953 aged 8 lived in Crabtree Avenue this is a wonderful record of that time and bought back so many long forgotten memories
Anon wrote on November 8, 2017:born 1952 and lived on Rose Lane in first council houses built after the war.I can remember the o.a.p.bungalows being…born 1952 and lived on Rose Lane in first council houses built after the war.I can remember the o.a.p.bungalows being built in Padnall Road at the back of our house with me in a photo. Also the newer houses on the other side of Rose Lane which was just one open stretch of rough ground where we all played.Great film.
Anon wrote on June 12, 2017:I moved to the Billet Road on the Marks Gate Estate in 1958 - aged less than a year. …I moved to the Billet Road on the Marks Gate Estate in 1958 - aged less than a year. Amazing to stumble on this film!