Gants Hill A History In Photographs


by Vincent Goodman and Jef Page – Published by The History Press

Published May 2023

This is the first photographic history book focussing on Gants Hill, illustrating in detail how the farmland of the early 1900s seemed to transform in a few years into a major commuter suburb. The book contains over 180 carefully selected photographs, and a history of the area.

About Gants Hill

Gants Hill is a residential area situated in South West Essex with a population of 12,000. It is 2 miles north of Ilford and 12 miles east of Central London. Gants Hill is 30 minutes from Oxford Circus on London Underground’s Central Line.

The beautiful Valentines Park stretches from Gants Hill to Ilford. With it’s lakes, county cricket ground, tennis courts, mini golf course and other attractions, the park is a wonderful place to escape from the noise and hubbub of Ilford town centre. Gants Hill has a good choice of hotels, guest houses and B&B’s, including the new Travelodge and Express Inn.

Eating | Drinking | Shopping

Gants Hill has a multitude of restaurants, takeaways, public houses and bars, and is also the home of Essex’s famous nightclub, Faces. There are banks, offices, specialist independent shops, businesses and colleges in Gants Hill. If you would like your business listed in the forthcoming directory, please contact us below


There are a number of schools, nursery schools and colleges in the area, including Gearies Infants & Junior, Valentines High, St Augustines and the Redbridge Institute of Adult Education. Gants Hill library (built 1928) houses an impressive collection of books and music and also has a good reference room.


There is 1 car park in Gants Hill – Pay & Display in Cranbrook Road North (next to the Library). There are parking meters on all sides of the roundabout and pay & display parking bays on Cranbrook Road South. 30 minutes free parking (press green button for ticket)


Click the icon above to read a brief history of Gants Hill, with a list of well known residents of the area.

Transport - Buses

Many buses have routes through Gants Hill

Please Click Here for the bus timetable.

Transport - Tube

Gants Hill is on the London Underground Central Line, 35 minutes from Oxford Circus.

Please click here for London Underground Map (PDF)


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432 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex IG2 6LL
Tel: 020 8518 6131