Details of Grade II* listing

Listing specification:

  • Late 17th century.
  • The exterior almost entirely of the 18th century.
  • Stock brick, red dressings.
  • Valentines was built by James Chadwick, son-in-law of Archbishop Tillotson who is said to have been a frequent visitor here.
  • The house is not recorded in RCHM (Thorne, Environs of London; Walford, Greater London. P Muilman, History of Essex, 1769-1772).
  • Entrance front L-shaped, the short arm projecting to the left and of 2 storeys.
  • Three storeys, sashes with cased frames.
  • Cornice with shaped modillions, capped parapet.
  • Venetian staircase window.
  • Unusual late 18th century porte cochere built on the segment of a circle and having 8 Doric columns, partial entablature and flat pitched slate roof; (roof extant only to centre at present)*.
  • Glazed doors giving entry into hall.
  • Side elevation has 6 sash windows with double band over ground floor.
  • Two storey canted brick bay with cornice on right hand.
  • Two storey portion in same plane to right hand.
  • This front has lead rainwater heads bearing the crest of the Raymond family and the date 1769, no doubt the date of the reconstruction.
  • Garden front/the north front 3 storeys, probably built in 1769.
  • 2+5+2 sash windows, the outer 2 being in full height bows.
  • Double band above ground floor.
  • Central window on 1st floor with pediment, architrave surround and swept up sides.
  • Early 19th centurycast iron balcony to window with tented lead canopy*.
  • Ground floor windows have jalousies.
  • Cornice with shaped modillions, parapet.
  • Interior, said to have Grinling Gibbons carvings and only partly seen, has paved entrance hall with good late 17th century carved stone fireplace, staircase hall with good well staircase having twisted balusters and ramped handrail, and enriched ceiling with circlet of fruit flowers and foliage with coved sides.
  • The Venetian staircase window has shields of arms and other decorations in enamelled glass of Regency date.
  • Enquiry office* with late 17th century panelling and late 18th century mantelpiece in statuary and coloured marbles and early 19th century grate.
  • Late 17th century panelling and doors elsewhere.

* original listing 10th April 1954.

New information about the mansion uncovered during the restoration work of 2000 and 2007 - 2009 mean that the listing will probably be updated.