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Ilford

Ilford High Street

Ilford, UK

Ilford in east London was historically a small rural settlement. It expanded significantly with the arrival of the railway in 1839 and became a municipal borough in 1926. Since 1965 it has been part of Greater London.

In its centre is an impressive Victorian Town Hall. The main hall was originally the Council Chamber – and is now a popular venue for various events.

Ilford is also home to Valentines Mansion & Gardens – which was built in around 1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, following the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury. It has changed hands many times since then, and has been put to a range of uses: home to wartime refugees, a hospital and a council housing department. Today, it is a thriving hub with a focus upon heritage, arts and crafts and family-focused activities.

These historical gems sit amidst modern shopping opportunities – such as the Exchange. Built in the 1990’s, it holds a variety of high street names, and gives tourists a range of options.

Ilford

Ilford, UK

Ilford in east London was historically a small rural settlement. It expanded significantly with the arrival of the railway in 1839 and became a municipal borough in 1926. Since 1965 it has been part of Greater London. In its centre is an impressive Victorian Town Hall. The main hall was originally the Council Chamber – […]

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