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A secret little known, until now…
Rainham Hall is a charming and remarkably fine example of a Queen Anne house, built in 1729 by an enterprising merchant, the self-styled 'Captain' John Harle. The hall and its cluster of associated buildings were a focal point for his trading activities, which were a factor in the development of Rainham Village in the 18th century. It is a rare surviving witness of the river trade which forms an important part of local and regional history.
The hall is nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London. Surrounded by a contrasting landscape of big skies, wild marshland and thriving industry, Rainham Hall has been quietly biding its time. Now, with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and grant funders, we're working on an exciting project to restore and open up this hidden piece of London’s history. Find out more about the project.
Hidden from view of the road, the gardens which comprise just under three acres. It is a welcoming and peaceful green oasis, now open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am to 4pm.
The gardens are cared for by our fantastic team of garden volunteers. The work is never-ending however and if you have some spare time and would like to help out in the gardens we’d love to hear from you.
Hard hat tours
We are running hard hat tours on 31 May, 21 June, 19 July, 2 August and 30 August, at 9.45am, 11.15am and 12.45pm.
See behind the scenes tour of a major restoration project. You will have a full tour of the Hall and the stable block, climb the scaffolding and see the intricate roof repairs. The garden will also be open.
Over 18s only, tours are free but booking is essential, phone 01708 525579.
Explore our surroundings
Only a half hour train journey from London Fenchurch Street and the high-rise tower blocks and incessant hustle and bustle give way to the vast open skies and breezy fresh air of the north Thames riverside. The north Thames area has a rich and diverse heritage – discover more at some of our closest neighbours – RSPB Rainham Marshes and Eastbury Manor House.
Watch this space
The builders have arrived and the restoration work is underway.