Valentines Park

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park in the London Borough of Redbridge, UK

Park

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Geographical coordinates: 51.5706 0.0711111

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English Valentines Park

Valentines Park is, at 52 hectares (130 acres), the largest green space in the London Borough of Redbridge, situated between Ilford Town Centre and Gants Hill. The district is also eponymous to Valentines District, Ilford. Valentines Park 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. The first ever county match with Sunday

play was played here on 15 May 1966 between Essex and Somerset, this proved to be a success with 6000 spectators

attending.Valentines Park has undergone an extensive renovation during 2007–2008 financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the owners, the London Borough of Redbridge. There are a number of Grade II and Grade II* features within the park and part of the formal garden layout of the early 18th century park itself is included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England at Grade II. Brief (English Heritage) listing details for these can be found at Images of England.It is said by Steve Marriott and Tony Robinson ('Baldrick'), best friends at the time, to be the subject of the Small Faces hit, Itchycoo Park, due to being stung by either stinging nettles or wasps.

The lido closed in 1994 and was demolished (at a cost of £26k).

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French Valentines Park

Le Valentines Park est, avec ses 52 hectares le plus grand espace vert du quartier londonien de Redbridge entre Ilford et Gants Hill. Il a été acquis lors de divers achats et dons de terres, commençant en 1898 et culminant dans les années 1920.

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English Valentines Park

A pleasant green area, Essex County Cricket team used to play on the pitch in the western side of the park.

Italian Parco Valentines (Valentines Park)

Un'area verde molto piacevole.

Directions stazione tube: Gants Hill

Places located in Valentines Park

Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion is situated within Valentines Park in Ilford, Redbridge.

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