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Valentines Park, Ilford

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Valentines Park is, at 52 hectares, the largest green space in the London Borough of Redbridge, between Ilford and Gants Hill. It was acquired in various purchases and gifts of land, starting in 1898 and culminating in the 1920s. The Valentines Estate had been in private hands since long before the 1690s, when the present Valentines Mansion was built.

In 1899 the Cranbrook Estate, to the west of Valentines, was about to be sold for housing. The Municipal Borough of Ilford had acquired its first section of parkland a year previously and was keen to enlarge its size as land became available. Local officials realised that, unless an area of \"relaxation and pleasure\" was retained for the growing urban population, all traces of an undeveloped rural Ilford would be lost. The park was opened in the same year under the name of Central Park. Following the death of the mansion's owner in 1902 the local council acquired the remainder of its grounds and thus expanded the park.

County Cricket was first played at Valentine's Park in Ilford in 1922 and a pavilion was completed a year later.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I used to visit this park from around 1965. It is deceivingly large, and has many entrances. The lido that was here has gone. We used to be shipped here from Kingswood School Hainault, (now called Hai...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Lovely park - great place for leisurely walk. Kids love the play area. Went for boating with my 3 kids . It's was fun. Leaving 4 stars, as there is still issues of people not cleaning after their dogs...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    A lovely park. I have lived close to Valentines park all of my life. Some things have changed, but it is still a beautiful place to visit with a delightful teahouse and gardens. It is a much loved are...  more »
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  • This park is beautiful and the best in the borough in my opinion. Lovely and well kept environment which is to be expected on the north side of Ilford. Bowling greens and boating facilities along with a respectable play area for the kids and seating for adults. I think it could do with some more security as there are often older lads lurking around the kids play area which can be intimidating to younger children and mothers. Also you can get lost quite easily so some added signage wouldn't go a miss. Overall it is still the best park around the IG1 area and benefits from tennis and basketball courts.
  • Good place to ride a scooter with your kid. It has a few small elevations of terrain where you can gain some speed , although mostly flat. Quality of concrete is mostly good.
  • Loved the place, soothing and refreshing any time of the day with lush green lawns and a very good play area for children of all ages. There's a gym area for the grown-ups too. A wonderful hangout for people of all ages. Everytime feel refreshed watching the birds - pigeons, ducks, geese.. and the lovely squirrels.
  • My kids love this park, it has a little bit of everything to keep them all amused. Happy children = happy mummy.
  • Very large park in Illford. Have a lake where you can rent a paddle boat. Also plenty of ducks and other birds around.Liked the small Rose garden with it's awesome natural rose scent. Also there is a play area in there for the kids to jump and swing. If you are near Illford then this is a great place to spend couple of quite hours.

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