Valence House

Valence House Valence House is a Grade II* listed moated Medieval manor house surrounded by tranquil green spaces. Admission free. It has a Museum, Archives and garden.

The only surviving manor house in Dagenham, Valence House was first recorded in a property deed in 1269. It is still partially surrounded by a moat. Exciting new galleries tell the story of Barking and Dagenham and its people throughout the ages. The Archives and Local Studies Centre has relocated to the new Visitor Centre. Admission free (some events are ticketed). Relax in the tranquil surroundi

The only surviving manor house in Dagenham, Valence House was first recorded in a property deed in 1269. It is still partially surrounded by a moat. Exciting new galleries tell the story of Barking and Dagenham and its people throughout the ages. The Archives and Local Studies Centre has relocated to the new Visitor Centre. Admission free (some events are ticketed). Relax in the tranquil surroundi

Operating as usual

We are delighted to announce the winners of our Building Becontree 2121 competition. We received lots of fantastic and c...
01/10/2021

We are delighted to announce the winners of our Building Becontree 2121 competition. We received lots of fantastic and creative designs when we asked young people to design the ultimate cutting-edge house for 100 years in the future. Thank you to everyone who entered, our special guest judge Bill Jennings, former LBBD housing manager and Becontree historian, had a great time looking through all of the imaginative designs.
Special thanks to the Valence Volunteers who have kindly sponsored the prizes for this competition. The winners in each category will be receiving £50 of Amazon vouchers and everyone who entered the competition will receive a special Becontree mug.

Congratulations to Sophie (age 6) our winner in the 6 and under category.
We love how Sophie has tackled the issue of limited space for new houses, by building upwards, instead of outwards, to create a colourful multi-story townhouse. With super fun slides to move around the different floors and an outdoor hoop for fun and games, this family home is tip-top!

Congratulations to Scarlett (age 7) our winner in the 7-11 category.
We were blown away with how Scarlett’s “Eco” house embraced so many different elements, from solar and lunar panels, to the water collector, windmill and lightning catcher. With a parking space for your flying car and jet packs to move your house should you fancy a change of scenery, this house is out of this world!

Congratulations to Andreia (age 12) our winner in the 12-16 category.
We were very impressed with how Andreia has embraced a futuristic sleek modern design with lots of geometric shapes. Light and airy with its vast expanse of windows, and large roof terrace this is a cool pad for those cool kids of the future!

Barking and Dagenham Council Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council Becontree Forever

29/09/2021

Have you visited our new exhibition yet?! #BeforeBecontree FREE ENTRY

18 September - 27 November 2021

Celebrating the centenary of the Becontree Estate, this exhibition will display some of the art works that featured in last years successful social media serial of the same name.

Throughout the latter half of 2020, Valence House used its extensive art collection to illustrate what the area looked like before the Becontree Estate was built – from farm land and farm buildings, to manor houses, court houses, pubs and abbeys. This exhibition will give you the chance to view these artworks up close and in person.

@lbbdcouncil @becontreeforever

#exhibition #art #painting #drawing #becontree #barkinganddagenham

29/09/2021

Have you visited our new exhibition yet?! #BeforeBecontree FREE ENTRY

18 September - 27 November 2021

Celebrating the centenary of the Becontree Estate, this exhibition will display some of the art works that featured in last years successful social media serial of the same name.

Throughout the latter half of 2020, Valence House used its extensive art collection to illustrate what the area looked like before the Becontree Estate was built – from farm land and farm buildings, to manor houses, court houses, pubs and abbeys. This exhibition will give you the chance to view these artworks up close and in person.

@lbbdcouncil @becontreeforever

#exhibition #art #painting #drawing #becontree #barkinganddagenham

The greatest player I have ever seen in the flesh according to one of our Valence House volunteers.Jimmy Greaves MBE mov...
19/09/2021

The greatest player I have ever seen in the flesh according to one of our Valence House volunteers.

Jimmy Greaves MBE moved to Ivyhouse Road on the #BecontreeEstate as a baby. As Jimmy said "The outstanding feature of the house was the garden, over 300ft long. I'd kick a tennis ball around for hours. We'd play football in the street until the tennis ball was bald"

Jimmy attended South Wood Lane School (as it was known then) & as with many of our #Becontreeboys credits teachers Mr Bakeman & Mr Jones for encouraging his football talent.

Having played football for Dagenham schoolboys, he joined Chelsea at 17 & later played for AC Milan, Tottenham & West Ham ( who exchanged another #Becontreeboy Martin Peters for him). Jimmy had his demons but was still loved by many in this "funny old game"

RIP Jimmy

Today our dear friends Alan & June Johnson, great supporters of Valence House & stalwarts of the Chadwell Heath Historic...
16/09/2021

Today our dear friends Alan & June Johnson, great supporters of Valence House & stalwarts of the Chadwell Heath Historical Society celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
Congratulations!

We prepared some practice objects for the firebrigade to remove from the museum.  This would give them some real experie...
15/09/2021

We prepared some practice objects for the firebrigade to remove from the museum. This would give them some real experience in handling and moving objects.

Barking and Dagenham Council

Some photos from today’s training with the fire brigade from Dagenham Station. 🚒🚨🧑‍🚒Barking and Dagenham Council
15/09/2021

Some photos from today’s training with the fire brigade from Dagenham Station. 🚒🚨🧑‍🚒

Barking and Dagenham Council

Our object salvage training day has gone well.  Here we triage and give first aid to objects that have been damaged by w...
15/09/2021

Our object salvage training day has gone well. Here we triage and give first aid to objects that have been damaged by water and fire.

Creating wind tunnels and drying out chainmail!🔥💦💨 (don’t worry, they aren’t real collections!)

Barking and Dagenham Council

There's still time for your creative young people to enter our Homes of the Future Competition. 🖌The deadline has been e...
12/09/2021

There's still time for your creative young people to enter our Homes of the Future Competition.

🖌The deadline has been extended to midnight on Sunday 19th September 🖌

So get creative, discover more about the Becontree estate and have fun designing the ultimate house of the future 😎
You've gotta be in it to win it!

Barking and Dagenham Council Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council Becontree Forever

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09/09/2021

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Photos from The Polka Dots's post
05/09/2021

Photos from The Polka Dots's post

05/09/2021

Alan, aged 91, did our full assault course today! Under tarpaulin, over barbed wire and gave our sack a good poking! Total respect!

04/09/2021
04/09/2021

Swing dance lessons!

The Anderson Shelter is open! Come and explore the Dig for Victory garden🥔🥕🧅🌿 #BecontreeAtWarBarking and Dagenham Counci...
04/09/2021

The Anderson Shelter is open! Come and explore the Dig for Victory garden🥔🥕🧅🌿 #BecontreeAtWar

Barking and Dagenham Council

04/09/2021

Head down to Valence House and have a boogie to the Polka Dots! #BecontreeAtWar

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Test your strength with the Home Guard Training Course! 💪🏼 #BecontreeAtWar Barking and Dagenham Council
04/09/2021

Test your strength with the Home Guard Training Course! 💪🏼 #BecontreeAtWar

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The bus has arrived! #BecontreeAtWarBarking and Dagenham Council
04/09/2021

The bus has arrived! #BecontreeAtWar

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The bus has arrived! #BecontreeAtWar

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Setting up!! We can’t wait to see you🙌🏼🥕💃🏼 #BecontreeAtWar If you have booked for the ‘Make a Mini Dig for Victory Garde...
04/09/2021

Setting up!! We can’t wait to see you🙌🏼🥕💃🏼 #BecontreeAtWar

If you have booked for the ‘Make a Mini Dig for Victory Garden’ or ‘T-Shirt to Tote Bag’ sessions, please head straight there at the starting time.

Barking and Dagenham Council

The carrots are dressed! 🥕 #BecontreeAtWar 11am-5pm tomorrow!! Barking and Dagenham Council
03/09/2021

The carrots are dressed! 🥕 #BecontreeAtWar 11am-5pm tomorrow!!

Barking and Dagenham Council

The carrots are dressed! 🥕 #BecontreeAtWar 11am-5pm tomorrow!!

Barking and Dagenham Council

Tomorrow's event promises to have entertainment for the whole family!  Not only do we have musical performances by The P...
03/09/2021

Tomorrow's event promises to have entertainment for the whole family! Not only do we have musical performances by The Polka Dots and Carlie Townsend, swing dance instruction by Swing Patrol (this is a partnered dance, so don't forget to bring someone with you!), and displays by the Home Front Bus, but we also have a Home Guard kid's training course so your little ones can see if they have what it takes to keep the home front safe.

Black Knight Historical
Barking and Dagenham Council
The Polka Dots
Alpha & Home Front Bus
Swing Patrol London

#familyevent #barkinganddagenham #swing #WWII #familyfun

Fresh from the oven and smelling beautiful - an apple and blackberry pie made from produce grown at Valence House and sp...
03/09/2021

Fresh from the oven and smelling beautiful - an apple and blackberry pie made from produce grown at Valence House and spiced carrot shortbread inspired by WWII Dig for Victory campaigns.

Both will be available in the café tomorrow for our Becontree at War event. Come down to Valence between 11am and 5pm to give them a try.

Swinging and sliding into Bank Holiday weekend like... 🕺
27/08/2021

Swinging and sliding into Bank Holiday weekend like... 🕺

We have just had 1 space become available for the final 3-4pm slot for our slime workshop this Saturday 28th August.Give...
25/08/2021

We have just had 1 space become available for the final 3-4pm slot for our slime workshop this Saturday 28th August
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Give us a call on 020 8227 2034 to book this space!

We have just had 1 space become available for the final 3-4pm slot for our slime workshop this Saturday 28th August
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Give us a call on 020 8227 2034 to book this space!

There are still a few spaces available for our delicious workshop this Friday 20th August 🌿Book your child's ticket now ...
17/08/2021

There are still a few spaces available for our delicious workshop this Friday 20th August 🌿
Book your child's ticket now to get them exploring our herb garden and making some yummy creations from the plants:
https://valence-house-museum.arttickets.org.uk/

Barking and Dagenham Council

There are still a few spaces available for our delicious workshop this Friday 20th August 🌿
Book your child's ticket now to get them exploring our herb garden and making some yummy creations from the plants:
https://valence-house-museum.arttickets.org.uk/

Barking and Dagenham Council

Valence House staff working hard at the Summer of festivals Becontree 100 Festival today!Barking and Dagenham Council
14/08/2021

Valence House staff working hard at the Summer of festivals Becontree 100 Festival today!

Barking and Dagenham Council

Valence House staff working hard at the Summer of festivals Becontree 100 Festival today!

Barking and Dagenham Council

13/08/2021
Zip line

The first Teddy down our zip wire. How fast will your teddy go? Join us today for Frank's Family Fun Day.

We are counting down to Frank's Family Fun Day this Friday!Don't forget to come dressed to impress in your most creative...
11/08/2021

We are counting down to Frank's Family Fun Day this Friday!

Don't forget to come dressed to impress in your most creative animal fancy dress! The Big Bear will be awarding prizes for to the best dressed boys and girls during the Bear Parade at 2.30pm 🐻🐶🐭🦁

And remember to bring your bears to send them on a high-speed trip down the museum zip line!

Barking and Dagenham Council Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council

Staff gave up their evening yesterday and volunteered their time to build new picnic benches for the seating area outsid...
30/07/2021

Staff gave up their evening yesterday and volunteered their time to build new picnic benches for the seating area outside the tearoom. 🔨🔧🪛 We hope you are as equally impressed with our handiwork as we are!

#handywoman #handyman #picnicinthepark #outdoorseating #museumcafe #passmethespanner

Barking and Dagenham Council

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30/07/2021

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The front garden of a house on Valence Avenue, Becontree Estate, 1951 🌻

Front gardens were a big deal on the Becontree Estate for its early residents. They would work hard to create mini havens full of vibrant flowers and luscious green lawns for everyone to admire. Competitive neighbours would battle it out for the prestigious ‘Best Kept Garden’ award each year 🏆

The council outlined strict rules in the tenant handbook for residents to keep their properties and gardens to a high standard. If hedges weren’t trimmed, the grass was left uncut or rubbish was piling up outside, the council could threaten to evict tenants 😱

The London County Council’s chief architect, George Topham Forest, was influenced by the Garden City Movement at the time, which sought to improve the quality of urban life. He designed Becontree to consist of cottage estates for factory workers, whose families could experience the fresh air under semi-rural conditions. The garden was a complete novelty to the estates first inhabitants, many of whom had come from the crowded slums of inner-east London 🏚

📸 Valence House

Barking and Dagenham Council #becontreeforever #becontreeestate #gardening

Address

Valence House, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, Essex
Dagenham
RM8 3HT

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

020 8227 2034

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Thank you for a great afternoon today, we loved it!
I was reading The Guardian piece today. It took me to your page on the Art UK website. There I spotted a painting by my father, Barry, but I had trouble sending attribution info. Would you be able to help please?
Looking forward to the talks on Becontree this coming Friday. I've seen two different start times: 3pm but also 6pm, unless it's two different talks. Could you please confirm?
Why has the advent calendar disappeared?
In responding to John Cruddas post regarding the Becontree Estate a thought crossed my mind. My grandparents to on the rent of our house as new back in 1927. My mother still lives there aged 88, and I have possession of a number of documents including the first rent book, picture attached, would you be interested in such items, and or our story, having been continuously resident in the same house since 1927.
Hi VH A group member on Facebook seeing this map pic has asked about the post marked on the map at the rear of the Banjo no 6 off St Giles Ave, as a lad his Uncle lived there and was told by him whilst digging in his rear garden he exposed a large post/stone with St Giles Abbey engraved on it, being a large hole he backfilled it and he believes it would possibly be still there. His question is have you any information of a local St Giles Abbey we know of the one in Rainham was there one closer. Regards Malcolm Hannan.
Not seen him before
This was passed to me by a family member, do you have one in the archives ?
Lots of fun with the Spooky Autumn Craft box. ###
Hi I've ordered an art box. Do I have to collect the day I've put? And also do I need to print my receipt or can I show it on my phone? X
Do you have any prints of Eastbury House that I can purchase ?
Would this song be any use to you with your 100 anniversary celebrations ( with or without the pictures ?