Interesting Facts about Hatfield Forest

We hope that you find the following articles on a range of subjects within and around the Forest to be of interest.

Extract from 1757 plan with inset of Capability Brown

Capability Brown and Hatfield Forest

We have recently uncovered exciting evidence that Capability Brown prepared a small scheme for altering the lake and lakeside area.

Vignette from an almanac of 1803 showing Hallingbury Place

Humphry Repton and Hatfield Forest

Did Humphry Repton, the famous landscape gardener, visit Hatfield Forest?

The refurbished Stane Street halt outside the northern edge of Hatfield Forest

The Braintree Branch

The Braintree branch line running across the northern boundary of the Forest carried mainly agricultural traffic, including sugar beet and bananas. An unmanned halt was added, by Takeley Hill gate, in 1923.

A map of the Forest from 1757

Forest Rides

Whilst the rides separating the coppices are of medieval origin, the rides within are later, introduced to help with hunting with a gun.

Title page showing composite coat of arms and entry from 1 Apr 1893

The Shell House Visitors Book

The Prince of Wales visited the Shell House in 1893, with his mistress, Daisy Greville Brooke (later Countess of Warwick).

Foundations for a WWII hut showing through in Elgins Coppice

The Forest in World War II

Did you know that Hatfield Forest was used during World War II for the storage of muntions

Cows grazing on Woodside Green

Woodside Green and Wall Wood

Woodside Green and Wall Wood are two areas to the south west of the main forest which offer a quiet contrast.