Dagenham is instantly associated with the huge Ford factory that opened in 1931. However the Dagenham Dock and Barking Riverside area has an industrial history going back to the early 1800's. This walk will look at a complex history that includes aircraft 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. Part of The Barking Stink heritage project programme, during this event you’ll have the opportunity to smell special scents- created in response to Barking and Dagenham’s industrial past by Thames Festival Trust.
Accessibility: Involves walking, some grassy paths and stairs.