Places of historical interest in Redbridge

Below are photos of views showing some of the boroughs buildings that have a particular historical interest.

If you would like to find out more about other places of historical interest please visit local studies and archives department for more information.

Ilford Hospital Chapel


Ilford Hospital Chapel, c1140, Ilford

Hidden behind red brick wall is one of Ilford‘s best kept secrets.  It is Redbridge’s oldest surviving building founded in c1140 -1145 by Adelicia, an early abbess of Barking Abbey.
The building was extensively re built in the 1920s and now includes former Almes Houses which are used as an accommodation.
The Chapel is open to public in various times throughout the year.

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Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion, 1696, Ilford

Valentines Mansion is situated in Valentines Park in Ilford.  Built in 1696 for Lady Tillotson, the widow of the Archbishop of Canterbury, it was a family house until Sarah Ingleby, its last owner, died on 3 January 1906.
It became the property of Ilford Borough Council in 1912 and was used as council offices until 1994.
It is owned by the London Borough of Redbridge and operated by Vision - Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd, a local charitable Trust.


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Town Hall

Ilford Town Hall, 1901, Ilford

Originally built in 1901 as the Town Hall for new urban District of Ilford.
It was later extended to include Ilford Central Library in 1926 and further extended 1930 to include new council chamber and offices. 
It became Redbridge Town Hall in 1965 and remains as such of today.

 View the location of the Town Hall on our interactive map.

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Wanstead House

Wanstead Park, 17th century, Wanstead

Wanstead House and grounds in 17th and 18th centuries was the centre of local fashionable taste and elegance.
The second mansion on the site (1720-1723) was one of the first Palladian style country houses in the country.
This mansion was demolished to pay debts of its owner William Tylney Long .
The gardens survived today as Wanstead Park.

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St Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church, C1787, Wanstead

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Overton Drive, Wanstead was rebuilt by Thomas Hardwick between 1787-1790. It is the only grade 1 listed building in Redbridge. 
Its plain exterior is contrasted by  its elaborate internal decoration, especially Child family’s memorial. 
This church replaced a medieval building, and was designed to be a part of the nearby Palladian Wanstead House.

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Crown Court Snaresbrook

Crown Court Snaresbrook, 1841, Wanstead

The Snaresbrook court building was originally built for the Infant Orphans’ Asylum in 1841.
The designers were Gilbert Scott and William Moffat.
The Asylum changes its name to the Royal Wanstead School in 1938 and was closed completely in 1971.
After extensive alterations, Crown Court moved in soon after.

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Eagle Pond and Public House

Eagle Pond and Public House, c.1600, Wanstead

The Eagle Hotel and public house was originally built in the late 1600s as the ‘Spread Eagle’. 
The present building was an important coaching inn on the main road from London to Epping during the period 1780s and 1820s.
This together with the pond, created a popular place for visitors, especially anglers during the 18th and 19th century.
The pond is still lined with fashionable early 19th century villas

View more information and view location of Eagle Pond.

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Bancroft school

Bancroft School, 1737, Woodford

Bancroft school was founded in 1737 and moved to the High Road Woodford Wells’ site  in 1889.
The new buildings were designed in Tudor style by Sir Arthur Bloomfield.

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Harts House and grounds


Harts House and grounds, 1816, Woodford

Built 1816 on the site of an earlier house the home of Richard Warner (1713-1775). In 1989, the site was sold for development. 
The main house and gardens including many 18th and 19th century features and original planting has been retained.
The parts of the building which we used as a clinic in the 20th centuries has been replaced by private housing. 
The main historic house is being used as a private care home.

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Statue of Sir Winston Churchill on Woodford Green was unveiled by Churchill


Churchill Statue, Woodford Green, 1959, Woodford

Bronze statue of Sir Winston Churchill on Woodford Green was unveiled by Churchill himself on the 31 of October 1959.
The 8 foot height statue by David McFall cost £5000 and was paid for by worldwide donations.

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