300-year-old pantry unearthed

A PANTRY nearly 300 years old has been discovered during the �7.5million Valence House revamp. The 18th century timber partition, seen as a historical gem , will become a permanent feature of the Barking and Dagenham museum and archives in Becontree Aven

A PANTRY nearly 300 years old has been discovered during the �7.5million Valence House revamp.

The 18th century timber partition, seen as a "historical gem", will become a permanent feature of the Barking and Dagenham museum and archives in Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, due to reopen in spring 2010.

Expert Emma Dwyer, of Museum of London Archeology, said: "The wall looks as if it formed one side of a cupboard, possibly a pantry or larder.

"The small window opening in the wall would have provided some ventilation, and food from the surrounding farmland would have been kept there."


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Barking and Dagenham heritage executive Cllr Bob Little said: "We can't believe such a fantastic feature has been found.

"We were hoping that some small things might have been found under the floorboards but never dreamed of a whole wall."

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Valence House is being given new exhibition spaces to retrace the borough's history, a new visitor centre, caf�, a larger local studies library and a new archives store.

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