Becontree- Valance Park

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Becontree Avenue

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 Surveyor. 

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.

Boxoll Avenue

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

Hainault Forest

Five Elms

Was a small green Used as the nucleus of a shopping centre by the Becontree planners

Out patents department of Ilford hospital

Five Elms Road

White Cottage dated from before the Tudor perio

Grafton Road

St.Mary 1934-5 by Welch, Cachemaille-Day and Lander. The organ came from Ram's Chapel, Hackney. 

Green Lane

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.

Oxlow Lane

Is old lane running from Halbutt Lane

Holy Family

Baptist Church

Raydons Road

St. Christopher temporary church  opened in 1931.

Stockdale Farm

Ran for years by Wilkin, for Tiptree jam

May and Baker since 1934

Valence Park

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 1928-9.. 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 trees. 

Warrington Road

St. Peter. 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.

Whalebone Lane

Old lane running from Becontree Heath to Marks Gate via Chadwell Heath.  Whalebones set up in the road there.

Wood Lane

Old lane from Dagenham joining Oxlow Lane at Five Elms

North of Wood Lane was Five Elms Wood

Becontree Heath Methodist Church

Beacontree Heath School

Bishop Ward School

Baptist 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.


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