Grade II* listed house and gardens built for merchant Captain John Harle. A fine example of early 18C domestic architecture featuring wrought-iron gates, carved porch, interior panelling and a splendid staircase. Opened fully in 2015 following renovation project.
ArchitectBaker of Danbury and others/National Trust/Julian Harrap Architects/Studio Weave
The Broadway, Rainham RM13 9YN
Sat 10am-5pm. Last entry 4.30pm.
103, 165, 287, 372
- Refreshments available
- Toilets available
RAINHAM HALL Rainham Hall is a remarkably intact merchant_s house dating from the early 18th century. Built in 1729 for Captain John Harle, a local merchant, it held a pivotal place in Rainham Village for two centuries, connecting village life with river commerce, right up until the 1920s.ÿThe Hall and its cluster of associated buildings (comprising the Coach House and the Lodge) are situated in the centre of Rainham Village in Essex, next to the Norman church of St Helen and St Giles. Together, Rainham Hall and the church form a visually attractive _heart_ of the village. All the individual buildings are Grade II* listed and together they form a coherent historic environment, representative of the domestic life and commercial activities of Captain Harle. Such close grouping of an owner_s domestic and commercial premises was normal _ the site is significant because it seems to be a rare survival of a practice which was once widespread. The Hall and Coach House were a focal point for Captain Harle_s trading activities, which were an important factor in the development of Rainham Village in the 18th century. It is a rare witness of the river trade which forms such an important aspect of local and regional history. The Hall is a good example of a Queen Anne house built in the Dutch Domestic style. It contains several notable original features, including a trompe l_oeil wall painting. Garden and groundsThe 18th-century wrought-iron railings at the front of the house are a significant feature of the site as they represent some of the finest work of London smiths of the time. Also of note are the Victorian dog-kennels, which we have recently restored. Comprising two acres, the garden is a favourite feature of the site and exactly the sort of _open-air sitting room_ Octavia Hill, one of our founders, envisioned for city-dwellers. A 30-tree orchard has recently been replanted, making it one of the largest in London.