Valentines Mansion

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Valentines Mansion front entrance
Valentines Mansion viewed from the rear

Valentines Mansion is situated within Valentines Park in Ilford, Redbridge.

Description[edit]

Valentines Mansion is a Grade II* listed building[1] and was on the Buildings at Risk Register[2] until 2009. It has undergone an extensive refurbishment financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Redbridge.

The Mansion is set in an 18th-century formal garden which has a Grade II listing from English Heritage and has also been extensively restored.

History[edit]

Valentines Mansion was built in 1696[3] for Lady Tillotson, the widow of John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury.[4] For twenty years until around 1780 it was the home of Sir Charles Raymond and his family.[5] He had considerable interests in the East India Company as a ship owner and later became a banker. The house remained a family house until Sarah Ingleby, its last inhabitant, died on 3 January 1906. It became the property of Ilford Borough Council in 1912[6] and was used as council offices until 1994. It is owned by the London Borough of Redbridge and operated by Vision (Redbridge Culture and Leisure) Ltd, a local charitable Trust, on behalf of the Council.

Nearby Tube Stations[edit]

  • Gants Hill is a five-minute walk from the Mansion.

Nearby Mainline Railway Stations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Images of England entry accessed 21 Jan 2008
  2. ^ Heritage at Risk: Valentines
  3. ^ A Potted History of Ilford 1997 Norman Gunby ISBN 0-9515832-2-0
  4. ^ Ilford Past and Present 1901 George E Tasker. Republished by Redbridge Libraries in 1992 as ISBN 0-901616-05-2
  5. ^ Gray, Imogen P. Clues in Fiction: An Essex Couple's Secret Ties. The Alderton Press 2017 ISBN 9781905269211
  6. ^ http://hidden-london.com/gazetteer/valentines-park/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°34′19.40″N 0°3′58.80″E / 51.5720556°N 0.0663333°E / 51.5720556; 0.0663333