Valentines Park, Ilford
Categories: Nature & Parks
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.Plan your Valentines Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ilford using our Ilford travel itinerary maker.
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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Really nice park with a lovely cafe. Beautiful lake with swans and ducks. Lots of Open fields, and kiddies play area's.
Loving this park when ever I go there it's so relaxing there is so much space and it's empty all the time that I sing and dance in the park :) There are a couple of dog walkers who do think what the h... read more »
A very nice part of Ilford, when you want to forget your cares for a time then a stroll in the park ios ideal for you, lots of interesting things to see, the pond with all its wild life is lovely and ... read more »
I have lived a stones throw away from Valentines Park my entire life and am proud to say that it is the park I enjoy visiting the most. Beautiful lake, kids area, bike lanes, and well kept fields to spend countless hours all year round.
Very pleasant park. An ideal place for a picnic. The plants during the spring time are truly amazing.
Excellent place to have a day out. Nice open space to play or relax and the sandwich and ice cream shop was pretty good.
Wonderfully scenic park. Great boating lake, historic mansion, wonderful cafe in the walled gardens which provide a beautiful visual background to enjoy whilst relaxing. The water features throughout this historic park recently refurbished with Lottery Funds add to an amazing location for young, old and families alike with 2 playgrounds catering for kids aged from birth to 12, along with tennis courts a great day can be had by all members of society.
Really peacful great place to chill out when its sunny
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