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Notice: Rainham Hall is currently closed for a major restoration project and will open in summer 2015.
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 and ship’s 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.
Hard hat tours
Throughout 2014, we ran 10 busy days of hard hat tours, with over 300 people accessing the Hall and Stableblock.
All tours are now completed. The site will be open full time to visitors this summer.
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.
Work on the Stableblock roof has now been completed.