Barking (East London) Mega Quiz

43 questions for you. Most are about Barking but some stray into nearby areas such as Dagenham. Many are quite easy. Some are a bit tricky. Good luck.
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Last updated: January 20, 2022
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What was the most important industry in Barking between the 14th century and the middle of the19th century?
Name the huge modern art sculpture near Barking Station. It's in the middle of the roundabout connecting Longbridge Road with Fanshawe Ave / Ilford Lane. CLUE: Starts with a "C" and symbolises the industry mentioned in question 1.
the Catch
Name the locally born singer-songwriter and left-wing political activist known commonly as the “Bard of Barking.”
Billy Bragg
Name the explorer who was famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 to the Pacific Ocean and to Australia in particular. He married in a church in Barking in 1762.
Captain Cook
Name the female Quaker and English prison reformer who was buried in Barking and whose picture used to be on the back of the UK £5 note. Her grave, in a garden opposite the new Gurdwara Singh Sabha Temple, was restored and received a new commemorative marble plinth in October 2003.
Elizabeth Fry
Name the1966 World Cup footballing legend who was born in Barking.
Sir Bobby Moore
Who has been the Labour MP for Barking since 1994? She recently announced that she was going to step down at the next general election. Clue: DMH
Margaret Hodge MP
Name of the Mississippi-style paddle steamer which operated on Barking Park Boating Lake from 1953 to 1967. Clue: Begins with a "P".
Phoenix II
The open-air, Olympic-size, Barking Park Lido opened way back in 1931. In what decade was it finally closed?
Name the comedy actor born in 1972 who grew up in Barking/Dagenham. He co-starred with buddy Simon Pegg in the classic films "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz". Initials "N" and "F".
Nick Frost
Name the rapper whose 2017 song "Barking" reached number 2 in the UK charts.
It contains these moving lyrics... "I might link my ting from Barking. 7 a.m. in the morning. She's calling. I'm yawning. She's jarring. No stalling.
Name the singer from nearby Dagenham who finished 3rd on the 6th series of X Factor in 2009, and won the 10th series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2010.
Stacey Solomon
Name the pub near Barking Station which was opened in 1870 and was run from 1910 until a few years ago by “Davy and Company.”
The Spotted Dog
Name Barking’s main theatre. The building was previously a facility known as "Barking Assembly Hall" and formed part of Barking Town Hall.
Broadway Theatre
Name the river that rises near Dunmow in Essex and flows through the county to form Barking Creek as it reaches the River Thames.
The River Roding
Name the historical pub, founded 1861 in Ripple Road Barking. It's close to Tesco Express and opposite Barking Cemetery. It now operates mainly as a nightclub with a 3.30 am license at the weekends. It is popular with the local African community.
Thatched House
In which decade did H.M. Queen Elizabeth II officially re-open Barking Station? (It had been enlarged to coincide with the electrification of the railway.)
Name of the 20 metres high white steel sculpture on the roundabout where London Road and the Northern Relief Road meet. The sculpture is topped with a blue acrylic disc and lit at night with multi-coloured spotlights. Begins with an "L".
The Lighted Lady of Barking
Name Barking’s Grade I listed Tudor Manor House which dates from 1573
Eastbury Manor House
Name the Canadian singer (a member of CSNY) who recorded 2 songs for his solo 1971, triple platinum-selling, UK number 1 album entitled “Harvest.” The recording was made with the London Symphony Orchestra in what was then called “Barking Assembly Hall”. Initials "N" "Y".
Neil Young
Name the timber-framed building, partially surrounded by a moat, which is now a museum containing permanent exhibitions on history and life in Barking and Dagenham. It was first established on the site in the 13th century.
Valence House
What are the 2 adjacent District Line tube stations to the east and west of Barking?
Upney and East Ham
Name the garden that opened in 2009 behind Barclays Bank in Ripple Road. Clue: It features 40 mature trees and 16 different species. Stacked tree trunks form balustrades and walls. Quite deliberately also the designers have incorporated "hiding places" to encourage children to play in the area.
Barking Arboretum
Name the cinema which stood for many years where Nando's Restaurant can now be found ?
The Odeon
Woolworths opened in East Street Barking in 1928. It finally closed in December of which year?
What children's attraction could be found (until a few years ago) between the main gates to Barking Park and the lake 340 metres away?
Miniature Railway
3 hotels sit next to one another by Tescos on Highbridge Rd Barking. They are the Ibis Hotel and Hotel Formule 1. Name the third. Clue: Lenny Henry
Premier Inn
Name the East London Asian community festival which takes place each year in Barking Park.
East London Mela
According to TripAdvisor Dec 2021, what is the number 1 restaurant supposedly in Barking? Although it is actually in Beckton by the Showcase Cinema complex. Clues: Asian | M. L.
Name the church near Barking Abbey Ruins in Abbey Green where you can find the "Curfew Tower?" The Abbey itself was founded in 666AD and demolished in 1541AD. The Curfew Tower is the only surviving structure from this period.
St Margarets
Name the pharmacy which used to be at "Blakes Corner" in the building now occupied by Boots? CLUE: INITIALS ... T.W.
Timothy Whites
What is the name of the world-class shopping centre/mall opposite Barking Station?
Vicarage Fields
Barking-born actor Alex Walkinshaw (Born 1974) played the role of Sergeant Dale "Smithy" Smith in The Bill - What was his nickname in Holby City and Casualty? CLUE: Begins with an "F".
Name the Dagenham-based band, originally led by Barking-born Brian Poole. They had top 10 hits with "Twist and Shout", "Candy Man" and "Someone Someone." They also had UK number 1s with "Do You Love Me?" and "Silence is Golden". One of the band members is the one and only "Chesney Hawkes" dad.
The Tremeloes
Brian Poole had 2 daughters, Shelly and Karen. In the 1990's & early 2000's, this Barking born pop duo scored 8 top 40 hits, the first of which was called "I am I feel". What were they called? Clue: A. A.
Alisha's Attic
Which cafe/bar that opened in October 2016, describes itself on Facebook as "Barking's only riverside place to eat and drink?" It specialises in super-strong cocktails. You can find it behind the Nisa Local convenience store in the Ice House Quarter of Abbey Road.
Name the serial killer found guilty of murdering 4 young gay men in Barking between 2014 and 2015.
Steven Port
What is the name of the new, local, Overground line station due to open in 2022? The same area will also be served by Thames Clippers' Uber Boat service.
Barking Riverside
Name the English singer and TV presenter born in Barking in 1989. She was once in the Saturdays and S Club Juniors. Since 2019 she has co-presented a pop music quiz on TV called the "Hit List" with her singer, DJ, actor husband Marvin.
Rochelle Humes
Who has been the Labour leader of Barking Council since 17th May 2014? Clue: His initials are D R. (Correct at 11/12/21.)
Darren Rodwell
According to property website Zoopla, what was the average price of a house in Barking and Dagenham in December 2021. Guess to the nearest £10,000.
By what name/nickname is world-renowned guitarist "David Evans" better known? He was born in "Barking Maternity Hospital" of Welsh parents on 08/08/61. The family then moved to Dublin. As part of a 4-piece rock band, he has won 22 Grammy Awards and the group has been inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". All 4 original members are still alive. They are all still in the group and the group still performs together today (Dec 2021). According to the website "Celebrity Net Worth," he has amassed a $400 million fortune.
The Edge
With 60 staff, 1,100 pupils, and 60 languages spoken, it's Britain's biggest primary school, and it is in Barking. What is it called?
Gascoigne Primary
Level 20
Dec 11, 2021
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