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Valence Library, 1937 by EC. Lloyd,
Dagenham Council Engineer and Surveyor is
Becontree Day Hospital, 1930 as
Dagenham UDC's clinic for the estate. Probably by T.K M Francis, the Council
Becontree Heath Estate
Marks the progression towards a more urban scale with the introduction of three H-shaped seventeen-storey
towers by the Borough Architect M. Maybury, 1966-70.
Post Office and Sorting Office, 1934
by F.A. Llewellyn of H.M. Office Works, in quiet Tudor. Restored in 2004.
Means cold spring,
was also called Blackheath
First houses in 1900
Chigwell High Road
Hainault forest boundary stone
Was a small green Used as the nucleus of a shopping centre
by the Becontree planners
Out patents department of
Five Elms Road
White Cottage dated from before the
St.Mary 1934-5 by Welch, Cachemaille-Day and Lander. The organ came from Ram's Chapel, Hackney.
The old lane from Ilford to Hornchurch and Upminster. A
road ran east-west through the
parish, and from early times was of more than local importance; It is recorded
from 1339, and may have been much older. This road ran from Hornchurch through
Becontree Heath to Ilford village, and originally joined Barking Lane just
south of the main Colchester Road. The western end of Green Lane was diverted
to its present course at the beginning of the 19th century when, In 1814 John Thompson, then consolidating his
Clements estate, was authorized by the
manor court to inclose the section of the lane lying between his mansion and
his farmhouse, and then an order diverting the lane north into High Road – this
is the length of Green Lane north of Sunnyside Road. In 1826 a group of local
inhabitants tried to throw open the inclosed lane by force: they were opposed
by Thompson's brickfield workers, and the Riot Act was read. The Essex Assizes
and later the King's Bench, found the diversion was illegal.
Is old lane running from Halbutt Lane
St. Christopher temporary church opened in 1931.
Ran for years by Wilkin, for Tiptree jam
May and Baker since 1934
Valence House & Park Named from
‘Valans’ 1456, ‘Vallance’ 1566, ‘Valence’ 1594, a manorial name indicating the
estate of the family of Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, who inherited the
manor in 1309. the surname is from one of the places called Valence in France. The present
house is mainly 17th century but occupies a medieval moated site.
Valence House. Museum and local studies centre with
big collection Moated manor house
existed on this site but it takes its name from early c14 tenants Valence.. 17th moated
medieval manor house. timber-framed
building Owned by St. Andrew’s Hospital in London for ‘stewardship of
Oriel’. Fanshawe family. Irregular, gabled. staircase 1700. Named for Aylmer de Valance, Earl of Pembroke No detailed record is given until 1649 when a
list for the Bonham family details a nine-room house that would have been
larger than the present L-shaped building. After expansion, the building was
reduced progressively in the c19, before extension to its present form in
It was completed by the L.C.C as their headquarters during construction of the
estate and extended in 1928-9 by Dagenham UDC for its offices and council
chamber 1956 When Becontree first
built Dagenham Council, with authority over the majority of the estate, was forced to use Valence House for its
offices because L.C.C provided nothing. The only building of genuine historic and architectural interest in
Becontree. Council depot and window factory.
Rendered and even in appearance, the house is an accumulation of phases, the
understanding of which it has been claimed, refused entry to the Surveyor of
the Royal Commissioner of Monuments in 1921. Valence House is one of the few original buildings to
have survived the
construction of the Becontree Estate. The present building
is a moated seventeenth century manor house, once the
most important manor in the Borough, and now houses council offices and a local history museum and
library. The house, and the park
lying to the south, were purchased in 192E by
the Borough from the London County Council, who had themselves acquired them as part of the Estate
development. The area of wildlife
interest is around the moat close to the house.
The rest of the park consists of lawns and immature ornamental trees. The
north and east sides of the moat remain as a fairly
natural-looking pond, with earth banks reinforced with wooden sheeting in places. The moat is used by an angling club, but without too much disturbance to
the bankside vegetation.In
early 1992 the moat was drained and desilted. It will probably take several months to refill naturally from
the water table of the
surrounding gravel. The angling club plan to restock
the moat with fish, including tench, roach and rudd, and to introduce additional marginal vegetation. The gardens of the house, including the moat, are
fenced off separately from
the park, but visitors to the house can gain access
through a gate. Park is lawns and ornamental
Temporary church by Edward Meredith, erected
1931. Its nave now roughcast was retained when
a brick chancel, lady chapel and vestry were erected in 1958-9, by J.J. Crowe of Romford. Bellcote.
Old lane running from
Becontree Heath to Marks Gate via Chadwell Heath. Whalebones set up in the road there.
Old lane from Dagenham joining Oxlow Lane at Five Elms
North of Wood Lane was Five Elms Wood
Becontree Heath Methodist
Beacontree Heath School
Bishop Ward School
Church, 1932 by C.J. Names in the estate style
of red brick with pointed gable end and two low aisles Arched fanlight over the door.
The Three Travellers, pub of c. 1899 with half-timbered gables and a domed corner turret.