Forty Hall & Estate
- Original design
- Unknown, 1629
Forty Hall & Estate is one of England's finest historic houses.
Set in its own Estate, with walled garden, formal and informal gardens, lakes, lawns, and meadows Forty Hall is Grade 1 listed and important to architectural English history as a fine example on the cusp between the medieval to modern style.
Built by former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Nicholas Rainton in 1632 the Hall stands on the edge of London and is important to understanding the growth of the Capital City and of the life and times of the merchant classes.
The Hall has been changed and reworked by a number of owners that lived there, including the Meyers, Wolstenholmes and Parker Bowles, however many architectural features remain from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
A visit to Sir Nicholas Rainton's Hall & Estate provides a unique experience of London today and is important to our understanding of the growth of the Capital City, and of the life and times of the merchant classes who established London as a major centre for trade worldwide.
Forty Hall & Estate is one of England's finest historic houses set in its own Estate. The 273 acre Grade II listed estate is a rare example of an intact 18th Century Landscape, with an Ornamental lake, medieval fishing ponds and streams, a walled garden, Pleasure grounds, Georgian and Victorian flora and fauna, lakes, lawns, and meadows. Forty Hall Estate is even home to one of the oldest Cedar of Lebanon trees in England.
Enfield Council was successful in securing a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our Parks for Peoples project in order to restore and conserve the historical landscape features. A Children’s wooded play area has also been commissioned, which is open to visit all year round.
The Estate parkland contains the archaeological remains of Elsynge Palace, developed from a Tudor hunting lodge and medieval manor, frequented by King Henry VIII, King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth I. The site and surrounding land is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is the subject of annual archaeological digs, which culminates in a public event in July.
The Estate is also home to some incredible wildlife and habitats.
This fine landscape is much-loved and used by many.
Come along and learn about this historically rich landscape, take a stroll around the estate, bring a picnic and admire the scenery.
The Farm Shop is open from 11am - 4pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Stop by to pick up some locally-grown organic veg or some of the Farm's delicious, organic meat!
Forty Hall Farm is an organic farm nestled in the estate. The farm is run by Capel Manor College, the only further education college in London that specialises in learning about the environment. The aim of the Farm is to become a centre of excellence that demonstrates and promotes sustainable food production.
Forty Hall is a mixed farm with a variety of animals, including many rare breeds. The farm is also home to London’s only vineyard, the Forty Hall Community Vineyard, and the new Forty Hall Farm Orchard.
Forty Hall Farm provides learning opportunities for Capel Manor students, across a range of part and full-time courses. In addition, it supports a variety of volunteer and community activities, as well as events and school visits.