I didn’t expect to see something like this when I visited Barking in east London. Whatever this building used to be, the ruins are beautiful.

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The ruins of Barking Abbey, founded by Saint Erkenwald, Bishop of London, are now a public space.

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Barking Abbey

St Margaret’s Church is next to the Abbey ruins, and is still a working church. The building mostly dates from the 13th century

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St Margaret’s Church

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