Barking & Dagenham Council has moved its registry office to the grade II-listed Woodlands House, in Rainham Road.
The switch ends a 49-year run of registering births, deaths and marriages at Arden House, in Longbridge Road.
Despite having served as a hostel for old people and as a children’s home, Woodlands House now boasts modernised facilities as it becomes a registry service.
Council leader Liam Smith said the move would allow the council to meet residents’ needs in a better way.
“Woodlands has been a home to many in this borough, and it is encouraging to see how such a historic and beautiful building, which is very much a part of our heritage, continues to provide essential services for years to come,” he said.
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