Ford backs her­itage

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Plans are un­der­way to cre­ate a new Ford her­itage cen­tre in Da­gen­ham.

The pro­pos­als are part of a move to con­vert the for­mer Ford fac­tory into 3000 new homes. Bark­ing and Da­gen­ham coun­cil has de­cided to go ahead with the ini­tial stages, de­spite not re­ceiv­ing the green light from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

A coun­cil spokesper­son says: ‘It will tell the story of the area’s in­dus­trial her­itage, cel­e­brate the in­dus­trial achieve­ments of the area and act as a cul­tural cen­tre, com­mu­nity re­source and so­cial fa­cil­ity within the pro­posed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.’

At it’s height, Ford’s Da­gen­ham plant, which opened in 1931, em­ployed 40,000 peo­ple and had its own hospi­tal, port, power sta­tion and foundry. It pro­duced more than 10 mil­lion ve­hi­cles and 37 mil­lion en­gines. Car pro­duc­tion ended there in 2002, but diesel en­gine pro­duc­tion con­tin­ues to this day.

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