Valence House

 

Overview

A 700 year old manor house, with so much history it’s no surprise this location has many reports of paranormal activity and ghost sightings.

Valence House Ghost Hunts, Essex

Valence House is the last surviving of five manor houses in Dagenham. With over 700 years of history, deaths and tales of murder you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic location. One of the earlier tenants of the property from the 14th century is said to have been murdered at the house and still roams the lawns to this very day. Will you make contact with her on your ghost hunt at Valence House? The house is now a museum but has served many different purposes over the years and with that comes many tales to tell. Plenty of ghostly sightings and strange occurrences have been reported at the house by staff and the public. View more history and ghostly information using the tabs above.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your evening you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

 

Reported Ghosts

An article written in 1961 by the grand daughter of Thomas May, the last private resident of the house says that Agnes de Valence was said to have been murdered and haunts the lawns of Valence House. Her ghost was seen by a gardener who approached it, mistaking it for one of the daughters of the house. She also mentions a dagger found in the depths of the moat which she says may have been the murder weapon.

A well-attested ghost is that of Eliza Luxmore, mother-in-law of Thomas May who died at Valence House in 1913. Her ghost has been sighted regularly; a tiny elderly lady, dressed in black, who appears to be a real person.

There have been many reports of paranormal activity in the house over the years, lots of loud noises, objects being moved, people being touched by unseen hands and figures seen in doorways to name a few.

Venue History

Valence House was built in the 13th century and is the only surviving of five manor houses in Dagenham. It was grade II listed in 1954. The name of the house originates from the tenants of the estate in the 14th century, Agnes de Valence and her brother Aylmer, Earl of Pembroke, who came from a wealthy family in the French province of Valence. Agnes de Valence was of noble birth with royal connections, her grandmother was Isabella of Angouleme, wife of King John of England. The estate passed to the Dean and Chapter of Windsor in 1475 and then to the Church Commissioners in 1867. Throughout its history the property was rented to a series of tenants. The wealthy families who lived at Valence never actually owned it but did much to increase its size and wealth.

In 1921 London County Council purchased the building and land to develop the Becontree estate and during this time the house was used as council headquarters. Later the house was acquired by Dagenham Urban District Council and they extended the property between 1928/29 for use as offices and the council chamber. Valence House served as a town hall until the Dagenham Civic Centre was completed in 1937 after which it became the library headquarters of the district; the council chamber was used an exhibition space for local history.

During the Second World War, Valence House was used as an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) and fire watching post where staff distributed gas masks and ration books to local residents. From 1940, the Dagenham Women’s Voluntary Service was based at the house. Its members staffed rest centres and mobile canteens and issued clothing and other essentials to people whose homes had been bombed. In April 1941, the house suffered minor damage during an air raid. After the war, the museum exhibits expanded to fill several smaller rooms in addition to the original gallery. When the Library Service vacated the premises in 1974, the house officially opened to the public as the local history museum for Barking and Dagenham.

Valence House Ghost Hunts, Essex

Valence House is the last surviving of five manor houses in Dagenham. With over 700 years of history, deaths and tales of murder you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic location. One of the earlier tenants of the property from the 14th century is said to have been murdered at the house and still roams the lawns to this very day. Will you make contact with her on your ghost hunt at Valence House? The house is now a museum but has served many different purposes over the years and with that comes many tales to tell. Plenty of ghostly sightings and strange occurrences have been reported at the house by staff and the public. View more history and ghostly information using the tabs above.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your evening you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

 

Valence House was built in the 13th century and is the only surviving of five manor houses in Dagenham. It was grade II listed in 1954. The name of the house originates from the tenants of the estate in the 14th century, Agnes de Valence and her brother Aylmer, Earl of Pembroke, who came from a wealthy family in the French province of Valence. Agnes de Valence was of noble birth with royal connections, her grandmother was Isabella of Angouleme, wife of King John of England. The estate passed to the Dean and Chapter of Windsor in 1475 and then to the Church Commissioners in 1867. Throughout its history the property was rented to a series of tenants. The wealthy families who lived at Valence never actually owned it but did much to increase its size and wealth.

In 1921 London County Council purchased the building and land to develop the Becontree estate and during this time the house was used as council headquarters. Later the house was acquired by Dagenham Urban District Council and they extended the property between 1928/29 for use as offices and the council chamber. Valence House served as a town hall until the Dagenham Civic Centre was completed in 1937 after which it became the library headquarters of the district; the council chamber was used an exhibition space for local history.

During the Second World War, Valence House was used as an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) and fire watching post where staff distributed gas masks and ration books to local residents. From 1940, the Dagenham Women’s Voluntary Service was based at the house. Its members staffed rest centres and mobile canteens and issued clothing and other essentials to people whose homes had been bombed. In April 1941, the house suffered minor damage during an air raid. After the war, the museum exhibits expanded to fill several smaller rooms in addition to the original gallery. When the Library Service vacated the premises in 1974, the house officially opened to the public as the local history museum for Barking and Dagenham.

An article written in 1961 by the grand daughter of Thomas May, the last private resident of the house says that Agnes de Valence was said to have been murdered and haunts the lawns of Valence House. Her ghost was seen by a gardener who approached it, mistaking it for one of the daughters of the house. She also mentions a dagger found in the depths of the moat which she says may have been the murder weapon.

A well-attested ghost is that of Eliza Luxmore, mother-in-law of Thomas May who died at Valence House in 1913. Her ghost has been sighted regularly; a tiny elderly lady, dressed in black, who appears to be a real person.

There have been many reports of paranormal activity in the house over the years, lots of loud noises, objects being moved, people being touched by unseen hands and figures seen in doorways to name a few.

  • Feel safe! Hosted by a friendly, genuine, safety conscience, and knowledgeable team of experienced people
  • Experience the atmosphere! Enter one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, communicating with its resident spirits and ghosts in the dark
  • Honesty is our only policy! This is a real ghost hunt experience. There is no faking or trickery of paranormal activity. If it happens, then it is for real!
  • Keep refreshed! Unlimited hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits available all night and included in the ticket price unless specified. Dietary requirements also catered for
  • Teamwork! Your ghost hunt will be run in a small and personal group giving you maximum involvement
  • Be hands on! You will have access to everything you need to conduct your experiments throughout the night – no sharing equipment with other groups or waiting around
  • Don’t be disturbed! Exclusive night-time access to the location for your overnight ghost hunt
  • Learn about various ghost hunting techniques and try them out for yourself on your investigation or share any knowledge you already possess to aid the investigation
  • Discover more about the high-tech ghost hunting gadgets. Many as seen on T.V, hold them in your hands and freely use them
  • Take part! Help to lead a scientific vigil, or perhaps a more traditional ghost hunting experiment- or simply just be an observer. The choice is yours
  • Working respectfully. Start your evening by learning how to apply spiritual protection, and work using the upmost respect for the sprits we encounter and fellow guests
  • Lone vigils (ghost hunting in an area all alone) can be made available for the brave
  • A building representative/owner will be on site to help with any building or historical questions you personally have
  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • Not suitable for those in pregnancy
  • This is a very dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them
  • All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing
  • This location has free parking. A private car park is to the front of the building
  • Refreshments are not provided by Haunted Houses on this event, but can be purchased from the onsite café
  • Refreshments are provided by Haunted Houses Events and are included in the price
  • This is not a sleepover event
  • This location is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues

Valence House

£49.00 Per Person

A 700 year old manor house, with so much history it's no surprise this location has many reports of paranormal activity and ghost sightings.

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