Sunday, 23 December 2012

Valence House & Eastbury Manor House

A couple of weekends ago me and James decided to make a trip to a museum local to his house.  Valence House showcases the history of Barking & Dagenham, and is the last standing manor house in Dagenham. 

The house was decked out for Christmas, it looked lovely.

I also loved being able to step back in time to see how houses in the Becontree estate looked inside. 

Bearing in mind this place is free entry, it is only about a ten minute drive away from his house, and we have been together almost six and a half years, we had never been before.  I'm glad that has now changed.  It's a great use of the space and a lovely way of finding out more on the history of the area.

While we were onto it we decided to pay a visit to Eastbury Manor House in Barking and make use of our National Trust Membership.

It is a gorgeous house but if I'm honest a little disappointing after our visit to Valence House.

I was pleased to see more Christmas decorations.  A lovely wreath hanging on the front door.

A beautiful tree stood in one of the many rooms.  In fact there was more than one tree but this one was my favourite.

And there was even a stocking hung.  

I'm glad we visited around Christmas time because if it hadn't of been for the decorations then there wouldn't of been much else there apart from a big empty house.

It just seemed such a shame.  The place could have looked so different if it had of been furnished, and could have given a much better impression on how the house used to be.   I'm just glad we didn't have to pay to get in and were able to use our membership.

Love Gem x x x x

1 comment:

  1. When we lived in Barking, mamy years ago, there used to be Tudor events held during the summer. We would take the kids down there. They would have archery, sword fighting, battle enactments all performed by the menfolk. The women would demonstrate spinning, weaving and Tudor cooking. They would also have Tudor dancing.

    I don't know if they still run them but they're really worth popping back for if you get the chance.