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Clockhouse Gardens (also known as New Place)8280

Brief Description

After World War 2 the site was opened as Clockhouse Gardens, with part of the moat remaining from the earlier landscape. A bowling green was constructed in 1952/3. A recent addition is a sculptural feature of wooden figures, animals and seats providing a setting for children's play.


Clockhouse Gardens occupy the site of the former gardens of New Place, a property which for much of its early history was an appendage of the Gaynes Estate. In 1775 it was inherited by Sir James Esdaile, Lord Mayor of London in 1777-78, who renovated the house and laid out gardens. After the death of the last private resident in 1924, the house was demolished but its 18th-century stable block, The Clockhouse, remained, initially used by the local Council. Vegetables were grown in the grounds during World War 2.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open daily until dusk.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open daily until dusk.


Rail/Tube: Upminster (District). Bus: 346, 347