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Valence House Museum, Dagenham

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Valence House Museum is the only surviving of the five manor houses of Dagenham. The timber framed museum building, partially surrounded by a moat, is situated in Valence Park off Becontree Avenue, in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London, England. The building has been used a manor house, a family home, a town hall, the headquarters of the library service and now houses a museum.Valence House MuseumThe museum contains permanent exhibitions on history and life in Barking and Dagenham, including displays from the 1945 Becontree Estate. It hosts regular special events for the public and school parties.Valence House Museum, archives and local studies library closed on 22 December 2007 for a period of extensive refurbishment, partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It reopened in June 2010 and a few days later a plaque was unveiled to mark the funding. The refurbishment included a new purpose built archive and local studies centre.Valence ParkThe surrounding park of 27.82acre, has been created from the former Valence House estate, and was purchased by Dagenham Urban District Council from the London County Council in 1926.HistoryA house was first established on this site in the 13th century, owned by Robert Dynes in 1280. Later tenants of the estate are commemorated in the road names surrounding the park. The name of the house derives from 14th century tenants, Agnes de Valence and her brother Aylmer, Earl of Pembroke, who came from a wealthy family in the French province of Valence, the family moving here when their uncle became king. The estate passed into the ownership of the Dean and Chapter of Windsor in 1475, and remained in their ownership until 1867, when it passed to the Church Commissioners.
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  • This is situated in the park, but as there are always young people, especially guys hanging around on mopeds that make you feel unsafe I would not recommend this place for mums with young children.  more »
  • We use this park quite often, lots of things to see , always take monkey nuts as the squirrels love them nd will follow you...we always laugh, a few cafe to choose from...the museum very interesting r...  more »
  • Have been to this museum when it was dull and denge. What a up grade looks good and more interesting then previously did. So if you have not been it's well worth going to now.  more »
  • A peaceful oasis came in to use the polling station bit stayed for lunch. Wonderful cake selection! Decent cup of tea served in cups rather than paper. Staff polite and cheerful
  • Lovely house and gardens. Local studies centre learn how to trace your family tree. Great cafĂ©. Fantastic events throughout the year
  • Great place to visit i attended a great seminar on The Crimean War. But it's a good place to visit at any time. That exhibition is going to be available to see at The Old Chapel Upminster
  • Amazining example of history in Dagenham.
  • Beryl educational and full of history about the area

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