Barkingside is a district of Ilford in the London Borough of Redbridge in north east London. It was an area of Essex till Redbridge was established in 1965. It is mainly known for Barnardo’s, the children’s charity, which was founded there in 1866. It still has its headquarters there. The oldest buildings in Barkingside are the Barnardo’s chapel, the London Underground station and Holy Trinity Church. Barkingside is a diverse district, with an unusually high population of London’s Jewish community.
Several of the buildings down the High Street belong to Lord Alan Sugar, and you'll find lots of other amenities in the district. The Fullwell Cross Library is a Grade II listed building, fashioned in a distinctive circular shape. A leisure centre also holds the same name. Ken Aston Square was opened in 2014, named after a local head teacher and football referee, believed to have introduced red and yellow cards. Residents selected the name from a shortlist.
Redbridge FC play non-league football at the Oakside stadium, which is adjacent to Barkingside tube station. Barkingside Recreational Ground in Mossford Green is a well-known open space with residents. Also, footballer Trevor Brooking who played for West Ham United and England went to Ilford County High School within the area. Scott Malvern, British Racing driver, also spent his youth in Barkingside and attended Caterham High School, which is a sports academy attended by youth team players of West Ham.