Redbridge is a borough which lies in north eastern London. It spreads over an area of 21.78 square miles, has a population of about 300.000 and a density rate of 14.000 people per square mile. This makes it one of the largest and yet least densely populated areas of the English capital. The borough is well-known both locally and internationally as it is the location of some of the city’s most desirable districts and well-known landmarks.
Valentines Mansion is a historic house which dates back to the late 17th century. It was constructed for the window of John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury, Lady Tillotson. During the mid-18th century it was purchased by Sir Charles Raymond. The mansion was owned by the Raymond family until the early 20th century when it was acquired by the local authorities which used it as a local office until the mid-1990s. After they vacated the edifice it was neglected and until 2009 it was enlisted in the Buildings at Risk Register. The Valentines Mansion was recently the subject of a major renovation project and is currently identified as a Grade II* building while its gardens which have also been extensively restored are Grade II listed.
Officially known as Hainault Forest County Park, this parkland is arguably the borough’s most famous open area. According to a survey commissioned by King Henry VIII, the forest covered an area of 3.000 acres during the mid-16th century. Sadly three centuries later, the land was condemned via an Act of Parliament and 92% of it was cut down while the local deer herds were removed. Today, the park is only 336 acres big and during the mid-1980s was classified as a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. The forest is home to the Hainault Forest Golf Club and the Fox Burrow Farm which is an institution dedicated to the preservation of rare breeds of local animals.
Kenneth More Theatre
Established in 1975, the Kenneth More Theatre is one of the borough’s most famous entertainment venues. It focus on serving the local community and stages both professional and amateur plays on a regular basis. Its programme is mainly changed on a weekly basis but popular plays are sometimes shown for a longer period of time. The theatre is located in the district of Ilford which is one of Redbridge’s most desirable areas. The latest census indicates that more and more people are moving to the district while a significant number of businesspersons have relocated their office to the area by using the reliable Ilford commercial moving services of Big Ben Removals.
Housed in the Redbridge Central Library, the Redbridge Museum is dedicated to the history and evolution of the area. It also emphasises on the people who have lived in the borough and the notable events that have taken place in Redbridge. The museum has a multi-media Children’s Trail which makes it one of the most child-friendly galleries in the Borough of Redbridge.