Oral History: Jacquie Goosetree
The thing is Barking has such a lot of smells around, you had to be in different parts of it, and you smelt different parts of it. I grew up on the Gascoigne. It was just built and we was one of the first tenants in the block, like. I loved it there.
Jacquie Goosetree has lived in Barking and Dagenham all of her life, since 1973. As did her parents and grandparents, as far back as she has been able to trace in her family tree so far. Jacquie has seen many changes on Abbey Road, having grown up on the newly-built Gascoigne Estate and later living in a banjo (local term for a cul-de-sac) for 25 years.
Jacquie is passionate about local history. Jacquie describes the effects of regeneration and developments in Barking on her local community. Jacquie is deaf, yet she could sense the rumbling of lorries serving the many factories on Abbey Road. She describes the smells and sights of industries and pubs that she remembers along Abbey Road. Jacquie also talks about time spent enjoying nature with her son and the surprising amount of wildlife to be found alongside the River Roding and Barking Town Quay.