By Chris Guy posted on 22 Sep 2014 in Urban

We start with the dildo sale at the Bellend Security Company – definitely a contender for the Crap Graffiti blog, but it made me smile nonetheless. This is on the Hertford Road industrial estate in Barking.

Bellend Security Co.

Bellend Security Co. Dildo Sale

Walking up onto the footbridge, I get a sun-kissed view past the builders merchants back to the Hart’s Lane Estate in Barking and down to the six lane carriageway of the North Circular Road below.

Harts Lane Estate

View to the Harts Lane Estate, Barking

The North Circular Road

The North Circular Road – from the footbridge between Barking and East Ham

East Ham lies on the other side of the footbridge. And past the gasometer are neat streets of terraced housing and the old Roding Hotel – now closed down.

Watson Avenue

Gasometer, Watson Avenue, East Ham

Roding Hotel

The Roding Hotel and Public House (now closed)

I cross underneath the railway bridge which marks another boundary, this time between East Ham and Little Ilford. Parklands, allotments and mushroom farming lies ahead…

Stevenage Road

The railway bridge on Stevenage Road


Allotments beside the North Circular Road

Tucked away alongside the allotments and beneath the North Circular Road is the Agridutt Mushroom Farm. A pleasing find, although I was dissuaded from venturing too much further by the barking dogs and fencing.

Agridutt Mushroom Farm

Agridutt Mushroom Farm

Agridutt Mushroom Farm

Agridutt Mushroom Farm

And so I moved on towards Little Ilford Park – a recreation ground and woodland that runs between the North Circular and Grantham Road.

Little Ilford Park

Entrance to Little Ilford Park

Little Ilford Park

Pylons in Little Ilford Park

On the other side of the North Circular the brutalist hulk of British Telecom’s Mill House is plain to see. Telephone exchange architecture of the 60s and 70s does have a pretty distinctive look.

BT’s Mill House

BT’s Mill House from Little Ilford Park

There are a series of ten H-shaped brick built tower blocks in the estate alongside the park: Alfred Prior, Susan Lawrence, Richard Fell, Annie Taylor, John Cornwell VC, Charlbury, Willis, Arthur Walls, Blakesley and Twelve Acre House.

John Cornwall VC House is named after John ‘Jack’ Cornwall who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross at the age of just 16 for his bravery at the Battle of Jutland in World War I.

Alfred Prior House and John Cornwell VC House

Alfred Prior House and John Cornwell VC House

Alfred Prior House

Detail of Alfred Prior House

And finally strolling back through the car park of Twelve Acre House I discover this strangely beautiful mural, which blends wonderfully with its surroundings. I particularly like the roots of the tree on the right.

Twelve Acre House, Ilford

Twelve Acre House, Ilford

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