Forest History at Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest has a long history, extending back over 2000 years. It is an an outstanding example of an ancient royal hunting forest.

Hunting scene from Livre de Chasse

The history of Hatfield Forest 

Find out more about the history of Hatfield Forest stretching back over two thousand years.

Forest Lodge in Hatfield Forest, Essex

Forest Buildings and Sites 

The Forest contains a number of buildings and sites of historic interest.

Houblon portrait gallery

Forest Families 

Several families have been associated with ownership of the Forest over the last six hundred years.

Extract from 1757 plan with inset of Capability Brown

Interesting Facts about Hatfield Forest 

Find out more about some of the things you may have seen whilst exploring the Forest