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Overview

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 Abbots of Waltham lived at an earlier Copped Hall from 1350. Henry VIII took the building from them and his daughter Mary Tudor lived there before she became queen. Her sister, Elizabeth I, gave the estate to Sir Thomas Heneage. Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first performed there in 1594. The estate later passed to the Sackvilles who sold it in 1701. Many items of furniture that were at Copped Hall can be seen at Knole.

All the gardens can be visited, including a large sunken rock garden, a four-acre, 18th century walled kitchen garden and a 450 foot long herbaceous border. Most parts of the mansion can be seen including a vaulted kitchen and cellars – together with grand stables.


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Find Us
Find us

From the M25, junction 26: follow signs to Loughton (then to Epping). Drive uphill through the forest to the roundabout. Take the first left exit (B1393), passing the garage on the left. In slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall. From Woodford and Loughton: drive to the Wakes Arms (Old Orleans) roundabout, follow signs to Epping (B1393) passing the garage on your left, in slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

From Harlow and the M11: follow signs to Epping for approximately 5 miles. Through Epping, after passing the Post House on your right, in slightly over half a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall. From North Weald: drive to Epping. Through Epping, after passing the Post House on your right, in slightly over half a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

For satnav use the post code CM16 5HR, which brings you right to the gates.

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Forthcoming Tours

17 May 2020
2PM - 4PM | £16.00

20 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £16.00

Tour Overview

Go on a tour of most of the mansion, including vaulted kitchen, cellars and grand stables. You'll also visit the gardens, including the extraordinary rock garden and walled kitchen garden, led by architect Alan Cox.

Tour duration

2.5 hours

Tour prices

£15.00 per person

Refreshments

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits.

Access notes

Ground floor only and parts of the garden.

Restrictions

Dogs on leads only. No dogs in the house.

 


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From the M25, junction 26: follow signs to Loughton (then to Epping). Drive uphill through the forest to the roundabout. Take the first left exit (B1393), passing the garage on the left. In slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall. From Woodford and Loughton: drive to the Wakes Arms (Old Orleans) roundabout, follow signs to Epping (B1393) passing the garage on your left, in slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

From Harlow and the M11: follow signs to Epping for approximately 5 miles. Through Epping, after passing the Post House on your right, in slightly over half a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall. From North Weald: drive to Epping. Through Epping, after passing the Post House on your right, in slightly over half a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

For satnav use the post code CM16 5HR, which brings you right to the gates.

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Copped Hall's history and features

The present mansion was built from 1752-58 by the architect John Sanderson for the owner John Conyers. The mansion was altered in 1775 and again in 1895 when it was also extended for the then owner, E.J. Wythes. The mansion was burnt in 1917 and asset stripped from 1950. The M25 was built through a corner of the Grade II* listed landscaped park in 1980.

The mansion is superbly sited on high ground at the end of a ridge. Like many similar houses, it was built on an ancient site of human habitation. Recorded history starts in the 13th century when there was a mansion on the site. The Abbots of Waltham held the property from 1350 until 1537 when Henry VIII took it from them. Elizabeth I gave the estate to Sir Thomas Heneage who built a substantial mansion incorporating parts of the earlier building. Almost all of this structure was pulled down in 1748. The present house was built on a site a few hundred yards to the southeast.