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Brief description of site

Hallingbury Park now comprises mainly large fields used for agricultural purposes, a lake and some wooded areas.

In addition, there are residential buildings around the site of the former residence, Hallingbury Place, park lodges and access roads.

Brief history of site

Hallingbury Place was the site of a Tudor mansion owned by the Parker family. The estate was sold to the Houblon family in 1729. Lady Alice Archer Houblon, in her account of the family history published in 1907, mentions that Capability Brown was engaged by Jacob Houblon in the late 1750s for work at Hallingbury Place. This chronology is however disputed by other sources and it seems more likely that whilst Capability Brown did work for the Houblon family at this time, the work was at Hatfield Forest. By 1773, the house had been re-modelled in Palladian style. Capability Brown was again engaged by the family about this time.

Location information:

Address: Great Hallingbury, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7UQ

Locality: Bishops Stortford

Local Authorities:

Essex; Uttlesford; Great Hallingbury

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 167 Grid Ref: TL516188
Latitude: 51.8472 Longitude: 0.199459

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Agriculture and subsistence

Context or principal building: agriculture and subsistence

Site first created: After 1750

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 200

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