Abbey Green

Abbey Green, Abbey Road, Barking, United Kingdom

Abbey Green is an area of parkland next to Barking Town Centre. It is named after Barking Abbey, which was once one of England’s wealthiest and most important religious institutions, founded in 666 AD. The remains of it can still be found near Abbey Road. Adjoining the abbey ruins is St Margaret’s Church, the oldest parts of which date from the 12th century. The churchyard of St Margaret’s is now a public open space, managed by the council. It is no longer used for burials and is a peaceful green area with some of the largest trees in the borough, forming an important part of the historic core of Barking. The parkland to the north and the south of these are recreational grounds laid out with trees and some play facilities. Two ancient buildings remain in the park, one being the church. The only surviving building from the Abbey is the 15th century Curfew Tower, which now forms an entrance to the churchyard and an access to the church.

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