London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
The London borough of Barking and Dagenham appears to be a borough of contradiction. It is called a London Borough but doesn't have a London post code. It has a Greater London telephone number, but is served by London and Essex utilities.
Barking and Dagenham is one of the poorest London boroughs, with few amenities for the little money there is.
I am hoping (although it is still early days) to do my thesis on the locale, so anything useful.... please send it via e-mail to Hathornefer@bigfoot.com .
If you are interested to see how the town is looking these days then you may be interested in this link to some photographs taken last summer of the best and worst of Barking.