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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Valentines Mansion and Gardens in Ilford

Valentines Mansion is a Grade II building situated in Valentines Park in Gants Hill, Redbridge. The Mansion is more than 300 years old and was originally built for Elizabeth Tillotson. The mansion changed hands numerous times after that and the last private resident was Sarah Ingleby. After her death, the Council aquired the house in 1912 and was used for some time. It lay vacant for nearly 15 years it was finally restored with Redbridge council and Heritage Lottery funds to what it is today.





This room shows how the kitchen might have looked in late 1860s when hte Ingleby family lived here. The cast iron kitchen ranges date from around 1870 and have been restored with funds from the Friends of Valentines Mansion. With all the fires alight, a lot of heat was generated but the double height ceiling and the large high windows helped to keep the room airy and cool.









The pictures below are of the bedchamber belonging to Robert Surman who moved into
Valentines Mansion in 1724 and lived here for 30 years. If you look at the wallpaper (a traditional 1740s design) it will reveal the influence of increasing trade with China and East Indies.





The Parlour - these are pictures of the parlour as it would have been in the 1770s. At that time Sir Charles Raymond, a retired sea captain, lived here. He mage a vast fortune sailing ships for the East India Company and is said to have made more than 100 voyages from England to India and China.





Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Emerson Road,
Ilford,
Essex
IG1 4XA

Timings
Open throughout the year on the following days
Tuesday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm
Admission is FREE

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