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Brief description of site

Now reduced in size from the original, it is a public park with a variety of habitats. Dagnam house was demolished in 1948 as was Cockerels house to the south, known as Dagnam Park Farm in the 19th century and standing outside a moated site, part of the moat surviving today. The public park preserves its 18th-century boundaries, together with some of the landscaped features, specimen trees and ponds; a curving track that crosses the park follows the line of the 18th-century drive. Hatters Wood, Havering's largest woodland, is now within the public park.

Brief history of site

The manor of Dagenhams and Cockerels comprised two adjoining tenements, which after a complex history passed to the Earl of Northumberland in the 14th century. The name Dagnams or Dagnam came into use in the 18th century. Sold several times over the years, the manor was purchased in 1772 by Sir Richard Neave, who rebuilt the house and sought Humphry Repton's advice on landscaping the grounds. It remained in his family until 1948 when the house and 500 acres around Dagnam Park were sold to the LCC to build the Harold Hill Estate, Dagnam Park itself retained as a public park.

Location information:

Address: Dagnam Park, Havering, Romford, Greater London, RM3 9ES

Locality: Havering

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Havering

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ546928
Latitude: 51.6128 Longitude: 0.23144

Directions:

On the north-east side of Havering

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Opening is unrestricted.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 76

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