ORAL HISTORIES

Eastside Community Heritage conducted oral history interviews with current and previous residents of the Becontree estate. Below is a collection of snippets from the interviews.

Moving to Becontree
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A resident talking about the significance of moving to Becontree, and the poor conditions that her other relatives lived in. 

Growing Your Own Food During the War
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A current resident of the Becontree Estate talks about people growing their own food during the war. 

Never Felt Impoverished
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Childhood Memories
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A current resident discusses the attitude and community spirit of the working class community, he grew up with on the Becontree estate. 

World War 2
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A resident discusses their early childhood memories and the types of games they used to play.

A resident discusses bombings that occurred during World War 2. 

Buses and Shops
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Social Scene
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A resident discusses buses being introduced to the Becontree estate and the type of shops they had in the surrounding area. 

Prize Winning Garden
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A resident discusses the local social scene and watching live bands preform. 

A resident discussing the importance of keeping your garden, in immaculate condition and the prizes that were awarded. 

Dagenham Town Show
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Residents discussing the former Dagenham Town Show and Carnival.

Catholic Presence in Becontree
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A former resident discusses the Irish Catholic presence in Becontree and the Ford plant in Dagenham

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