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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.

Garden and grounds

One of the largest orchards in London

One of the largest orchards in London

Hidden from view of the road, the gardens which comprise just under three acres, provide a welcoming and peaceful green oasis. A favourite feature of the site with many, 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.

Explore our surroundings

What will you discover on Rainham Marshes?

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. Rainham Hall is closed for general visits but we will be running some behind-the-scenes hard hat tours soon – watch this space for more information.

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