Postcode district: IG1
The northern boundary of IG1 is Eastern Avenue, however, this drops down to follow Perth Road, Benton Road and Cameron Road at the roundabout located by Gants Hill tube station. The boundary continues down Water Lane and Meadway until the train tracks that link Upney and Barking tube stations. To the west it is demarcated by the North Circular Road. The IG1 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Clementswood, Cranbrook, Ilford, Ilford Station, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury, Redbridge, Valentines.
Ilford was a predominantly rural area, until, as with most outer London suburbs, the 19th century. It was at this time that Ilford underwent its industrialisation. The most prominent industries included brick and cement manufacturers. Despite the thriving industry, Ilford managed to keep some green spaces for its residents, the largest of which is Valentines Park. Valentines Park was acquired through gifts and purchases of land between the end of the nineteenth century and the 1920s. Valentines Mansion, built in the seventeenth century still stands in the park. Although it was allowed to get into a state of disrepair, English Heritage is in the process of restoring the building to its former glory. This should take approximately two years. The work is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Redbridge Council.
In the north of the postcode district is Valentines Park. Properties around here are desirable, and vary in their size and style. Brisbane Road has some detached properties, some of which have been converted into flats, whilst Quebec Road has three bedroom twentieth century terraces. Auckland Road has attractive, red brick, period terraces, whilst Middleton Gardens has twentieth century semi-detached properties. To the west of Cranbrook Road and north of Clarendon Gardens, the majority of the housing stock consists of twentieth century semi-detached and terraced houses, such as those on St Georges Road and Vaughan Gardens. In the grid linking The Drive and Belgrave Road, there is a wider range of periods, including some Victorian properties on Cranbrook Road and Empress Avenue. South of Winston Way and Green Lane, the housing stock is similar, with terraces from a mixture of periods providing the majority of the accommodation. For example, Richmond Road has some Victorian terraces, whilst Gordon Road is made up of terraces from the later twentieth century. Towards the south of the postcode district there has been some more modern development. Lupin Crescent has some modern family homes with inbuilt garages.