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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 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
We are running hard hat tours on 20 September, 11 October, 1 November and 6 December at 11.15am and 12.45pm.
You will have a full tour of the Hall and Stableblock and see behind the scenes of a major restoration project. Over 18s only. Tours are free but booking is essential, phone 01708 525579.
Make a bench
Saturday 20 September, 1 to 6pm, Free event.
Take part in a short course with master craftsmen from East London Furniture and make your own Hench Bench that will be used to furnish Rainham Hall when it opens next year. Or try making a small wooden object to take home. You are welcome to take part, whatever age or level of skill you have.
- To book a place please email or phone 01708 525 579.
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.