The lovely Valentines Park was created from the grounds of a 17th century mansion.
Ilford Films were in the 1950s and 1960s the main British makers and suppliers of photographic film, and a serious rival to Kodak.
The first Dr. Barnardo`s Homes for children were opened at Ilford in 1870, and the organisation`s headquarters are still at nearby Barkingside.
Among the prominent people born at Ilford are Kenny Ball, trumpeter; Cardinal John Heenan, Archbishop of Westminster; Ian Holm, actor; Paul Ince, England footballer; and Maggie Smith, actress.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Ilford for groups.