May 18 2013 Latest news:
John Phillips, Senior Reporter
Monday, May 14, 2012
A TV ghost hunter will host a paranormal tour on Friday night in an attempt to uncover evidence of spirits supposedly haunting the oldest house in Dagenham.
Ian Shillito, of TV show Most Haunted, will search the grounds of Valence House, which is said to be inhabited by 14th century murder victim Agnes de Valence and Victorian widow Eliza Luxmore.
Eliza, apparently a tiny elderly lady dressed in black, is said to have been sighted regularly since her death at the house in Becontree Avenue in 1913.
According to council records, Agnes de Valence died at Valence House in 1309 - though the oldest surviving parts of the building date back to the 1400s.
She was reportedly murdered on the lawns of the property and the dagger used to kill her dumped in the nearby moat in Valence Park.
The tour takes place on Friday (May 18) between 7pm and 9pm. Participants must be 18 or above. Tickets cost £15 and must be booked in advance. For more information, call 020 8227 2034.