Identified as one of the 35 centres of England's capital, London, Barking is a suburban town located in the North East of the city, with an estimated population 174,000.
Historically, the economy of Barking relied heavily on fishing and agriculture, forming an ancient parish in the county of Essex. The economic account of Barking's past describes a shift to market gardening, and industrial development to the south adjacent to the River Thames. The infrastructure of Barking has benefitted the region, with its own railway station opened in 1854, and part of the London Underground services from 1908, contributing to the suburban and economical growth.
Musically, "A Man Needs a Maid" and "There's a World" were recorded by Neil Young with the London Symphony Orchestra at Barking Assembly Hall for Young's classic album Harvest, which was released and widely popular in the UK, in 1972.