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The station opened in 1903, probably designed by W.N. Ashbee. Now a Grade-II listed building, it has a notable interior that includes a hammerbeam roof to the ticket hall and canopies on the platforms bearing the original GER (Great Eastern Railway) initials. Barkingside station was closed to passengers during World War I from May 1916 to June 1919.

Barkingside is predominately known as the headquarters of the children’s charity Barnardo’s, founded there in 1866.

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posted by: Martin Fairhurst on 15 August 2013 at 9:40 am

On 27th September 1905, when Barkingside was a Great Eastern Railway station, a special train from Liverpool Street station conveyed the coffin of Dr Thomas Barnardo to Barkingside station. Thousands of people lined the streets of East London as the cortege, which included some 1500 Barnardo boys, proceeded from the homes in Stepney to Liverpool Street. From Barkingside station the coffin was taken to the nearby Girls Village Home where the actual interment took place on 4th October.
The only other person whose coffin has been carried on what was to become the Underground network was William Ewart Gladstone.
It’s possible that the station is so impressive because royalty took a great interest in the Homes, and could have traveled there by train.

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