Many individuals, groups and organisations have been and are still involved with Valentines Mansion and Park.
The owners are the London Borough of Redbridge. The charitable trust Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Trust (Vision RCL) provide a range of services working in partnership with the council including Valentines Mansion & Gardens, and Valentines Park. Information on Valentines Mansion & Gardens is available on Vision RCL website.
Two other locally based groups who are or have been associated with Valentines Mansion and Park are:
Valentines Mansion Trust. The origins of the Valentines Mansion Trust can be traced back to 1999 when a Citizens’ Jury recommended that a small group of people in company with Redbridge Council should be appointed to draw up a plan for Heritage Lottery Funding to restore and open the Mansion to the public. The first plan was rejected by HLF, but a second more detailed plan drawn up by Redbridge Council was successful and an award of nearly £2 million was granted towards the cost of restoration.
The Trust organised a number of successful fund raising evenings before the Friends of Valentines Mansion, became the senior representative of the community. Money raised by the Trust has been spent on the purchase of a lithograph depicting a Hogarth painting, and two four-figure contributions to the Victorian kitchen and more recently the Dovecote.
The main purpose of the Trust now is, together with the Friends, to ensure the Mansion is kept in good order and is open to the public. It continues to have a special interest in educational visits and programmes for our schools as well as representing the public’s interests on the Valentines Advisory Group.
Valentines Park Conservationists. The Valentines Park Conservationists (VPC) set up in January 1999 worked with the Friends and the London Borough of Redbridge on the park’s restoration . The VPC carried out practical projects to restore the park’s landscape and gardens, explored and documented its history and environment, and promoted it as a resource for all sections of the community . The VPC wound-up in September 2009 when the restoration work was finished.
The VPC newsletters, which include some beautiful illustrations “As seen in the park” by Margaret Elvin, give an insight into the major part the VPC played in bringing the gardens back to life, reflecting the history of both Valentines Park and the historic walled gardens. The newsletters can be viewed here.
Other organisations with connections to Valentines include:
Heritage Lottery Fund who made a grant of nearly £2 million towards the cost of the extensive restoration of Valentines Mansion and gardens.
In 2000, Valentines Mansion was just one of 21 buildings in Redbridge listed by English Heritage. Photographs of these buildings could be found on Images of England but they are now included on the National Heritage List for England on Historic England’s website.
We would like to thank the Information and Heritage Service (London Borough of Redbridge) for assistance and permission to reproduce photographs of Valentines Mansion