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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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  • Not a lot to do here really most children will find it rather dull and boring. Situated in the park which has also seen better does all rather shabby and run down. Wouldn't waste my time going again  more »
  • This place is a bit of a shlep but if you are interested in the history of London then its well worth the journey. A very old manor house that's been refurbished and though visually unprepossessing ha...  more »
  • Living local i always visit every so often. the staff are always keen to tell you stories and information. I do have photos of when the gardens first opened many years ago. it was in the local papers....  more »
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  • Very good place to go for local history.
  • It's a nice little local museum. Don't expect too much. The park is quite nice though...
  • A great afternoon out, and a very good way of finding out about local history. I seem to learn something new every time I visit. I would recommend it to anyone interested in local history. Cafe is not bad either.
  • Nice place for walks with the children.
  • Did anyone see the idol??