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

Forest History Trail 

Find out more about the interesting and varied 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 were associated with the Forest over the last six hundred years, since the last period of Royal ownership.

Picture of Takeley Station how it was in the 1950's

Did you Know 

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