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Brief description of site

Hill Hall is an 18th-century landscape park covering an area of approximately 50 hectares, with gardens beside the house dating from the late-19th to early-20th century.

Brief history of site

There was a house called Hill Hall as early as the 15th century. The present Hill Hall was built by Sir Thomas Smyth between 1569 and 1575, along with elaborate formal gardens, approached by a double elm avenue along the main north drive. After 1711, the formal gardens were extended to the east by the addition of a curved canal, and the east front of the Hall was redesigned in a Classical style. In 1791 Humphry Repton was commissioned to produce a Red Book, though it seems that few of his suggestions were implemented. In 1909 Reginald Blomfield extended the hall and developed the gardens. Further alterations were made by Philip Tilden in the 1920s.

Location information:

Address: Hill Hall, Theydon Mount, Epping, Essex, CM16 7QQ

Locality: Epping

Local Authorities:

Essex; Epping Forest; Theydon Mount

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ489995
Latitude: 51.6745 Longitude: 0.152029

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open from 10 am on Wednesdays between April and September.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1569

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 50

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