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Becontree in Dagenham parish

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"Becontree is a large housing estate of approximately 4 square miles in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in East London, England. It is located 11 miles east-northeast of Charing Cross and was constructed in the interwar period as the largest public housing estate in the world. . . The estate is named after the ancient Becontree Hundred, which historically covered the area and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is Old English and means 'tree of a man named Beohha'. The tree would have stood on Becontree Heath, just outside the eastern boundary of the estate. The majority of the estate was in the parish of Dagenham and the whole estate is in the Dagenham post town . . ." [Wikipedia]


  • Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911, which includes most copies held at the ERO, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford. More information on other ways to view these census returns on the Essex

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Historical Geography

  • Becontree was a member of the Becontree Hundred

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