Oral History: Maria Williams
I think you just have to keep making sure that history is out there. And that the generations of the future know that such a thriving village community existed here at Creekmouth. Because the actual houses at Creekmouth have now gone, there's just the pub there, it's easily forgotten.
Maria Williams was born and lived in Creekmouth Village by Barking’s riverside, a community created for the workers of Lawes chemical factory such as her father. Despite only living at Creekmouth until she was 4, Maria can remember growing up by Barking’s riverside, seeing the boats and smelling the nearby chimney fumes of Lawes fertilisers. The Great Flood of 1953 forced her and her family to move to the new Thames View Estate, where she recalls more smells such as sewage.
Maria shares her first hand memories plus shared anecdotes from her fellow ‘Creekers’; sharing a unique oral history of this village in Barking created for industry workers. She shares stories passed on from older members of the small but close community who lived and worked in Creekmouth. She is a proud member of Creekmouth Preservation Society, involved in campaigns and projects to protect and share the village’s history.