Shell of a grand Palladian house now in the hands of dedicated volunteers.
Crown Hill, Epping, Essex, CM16 5SH
A chance to see restoration in progress of an extraordinary Palladian mansion of 1753-8, burnt in 1917 and then asset stripped in 1950.
From 1986 to 1995 a prolonged campaign was fought to save the mansion and its Conservation Area from repeated large-scale development proposals. Architect Alan Cox, who was very involved in the campaign, raised the finance to enable the specially formed Copped Hall Trust to acquire the freehold of the hall and gardens in 1995. Alan leads the special tours to show how the hall and gardens are being brought back from extreme dereliction.
The tour, led by architect Alan Cox, covers most of the mansion, including the vaulted kitchen, cellars and grand stables. You’ll also visit the gardens, including a large sunken rock garden, a four-acre, eighteenth-century walled kitchen garden and a 450-foot-long herbaceous border.
Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.
Group tours only
Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits
Ground floor only and parts of the garden
Dogs on leads only. No dogs in the house.
‘The work you are doing in restoring this wonderful house with its great history is truly inspirational and I am in awe of the restoration that is being carried out.’