On completion, the Becontree Estate was the largest in the world. Its 27,000 houses provided new homes for over 100,000 people. With gas and electricity, inside toilets, fitted baths and front and back gardens, they were originally intended for the better-off working class Londoner.
You can see displays of a typical Becontree living room and kitchen in the People and communities gallery
at Valence House Museum.
Becontree was designed as a cottage garden estate, where parks, gardens and green spaces were as important as houses. Several Parks
were incorporated in the estate: Parsloes, Valence, Goresbrook, Mayesbrook and Pondfield. Amenity greens and shrubberies were placed at the ends of many terraces. Street design included cul-de-sacs known locally as 'banjos', which lent variety to the neighbourhood layout.