Becontree Heath

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Becontree Heath
Dagenham civic center london.jpg
Dagenham Civic Centre
Grid reference: TQ493871
Location: 51°33’49"N, 0°9’9"E
Post town: Dagenham
Postcode: RM8
Dialling code: 020
Local Government
Council: Barking & Dagenham
Dagenham and Rainham

Becontree Heath (also spelt Beacontree Heath) is an open space in the Becontree Hundred of Essex, within the metropolitan conurbation. The name has also been applied to the local area, in particular to the Dagenham RM8 postal district.


Becontree Heath functioned as the ancient meeting place for Becontree hundred. In 1465, the Royal Liberty of Havering was formed in the east and the therefore the hundred's meeting place became located on its fringe.[1] When it was still a rural parish, Becontree Heath was a hamlet in Dagenham.


It is the location of Dagenham Civic Centre, a Grade-II listed, 1930s art deco building designed by Ernest Berry Webber[2] and the former town hall of Dagenham.

It is the location of the high density Becontree Heath Estate, built by Barking Council from 1966 to 1970.[3]

It is the location of a London Buses bus station with services to Chigwell, Canning Town, Romford, Beckton, Dagenham, Rainham, Chadwell Heath and Gallows Corner.[4] Crowlands Heath Golf Club[5] and Becontree Heath Leisure Centre[6] are located here.