Dagenham is instantly associated with the huge Ford factory that opened in 1931. However the Dagenham Dock area has an industrial history going back to the early 1800's. This walk will look at a complex history that includes explosives manufacturing, shipbuilding and power generation. You'll get to see the site where the last battleship built on the Thames was completed, London's other flood relief barrier, oil storage depot's, scrapyards and a fantastic stretch of the Thames which is an empty white patch on the A-Z. This is a longer walk - around 5 miles, but fans of Patrick Keiller's Robinson films, and Iain Sinclair's books will enjoy being in this extremely off the beaten track part of London.
Bring sandwiches for a lunch stop by the Thames
When & Where
Rob Smith, Footprints of London
This walk is led by Rob Smith. To avoid disapointment please book a place on the walk or let me know you are coming. I cannot guarantee you a place on the walk if you just turn up.