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Copped Hall, Epping, Essex

A chance to see restoration in progress: Palladian mansion of 1753-8, burnt in 1917, asset stripped in 1950. From 1986 to 1995 a prolonged campaign was fought to save the mansion and its Conservation Area from repeated large-scale development proposals. Architect Alan Cox, who was very involved in the campaign, raised the finance to enable the specially formed Copped Hall Trust to acquire the freehold of the hall and gardens in 1995. Alan leads the special tours to show how the hall and gardens are being brought back from extreme dereliction.

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The Abbots of Waltham lived at an earlier Copped Hall from 1350. Henry VIII took the building from them and his daughter Mary Tudor lived there before she became queen. Her sister, Elizabeth I, gave the estate to Sir Thomas Heneage. Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first performed there in 1594. The estate later passed to the Sackvilles who sold it in 1701. Many items of furniture that were at Copped Hall can be seen at Knole. The present house was built on a different site to the south east. The mansion was altered in 1775 and in 1895.

All the gardens can be visited, including a large sunken rock garden, a four-acre, 18th century walled kitchen garden and a 450 foot long herbaceous border. Most parts of the mansion can be seen including a vaulted kitchen and cellars – together with grand stables.

Tour features

Tour of most of the mansion, including vaulted kitchen, cellars and grand stables, plus the gardens including rock garden and walled kitchen garden, led by architect Alan Cox.

Testimonial

The work you are doing in restoring this wonderful house with its great history is truly inspirational and I am in awe of the restoration that is being carried out

Directions

From the M25, junction 26: follow signs to Loughton (then to Epping). Drive uphill through the forest to the roundabout. Take the first left exit (B1393), passing the garage on the left. In slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall. From Woodford and Loughton: drive to the Wakes Arms (Old Orleans) roundabout, follow signs to Epping (B1393) passing the garage on your left, in slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

From Harlow and the M11: follow signs to Epping for approximately 5 miles. Through Epping, after passing the Post House on your right, in slightly over half a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall. From North Weald: drive to Epping. Through Epping, after passing the Post House on your right, in slightly over half a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall. DO NOT DISTURB THE LODGE OWNERS FOR ACCESS

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Useful information

Price £15.00
Duration 2.5 hours
Refreshments

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits.

Special restrictions

Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.

Disabled access

Ground floor only.

Tour dates

Date Time Availability
Sun 09 Sep 2:00 pm Spaces available

Booking

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