Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall: Address, Phone Number, Rainham Hall Reviews: 4/5

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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. We are now undertaking a major restoration project to restore and bring to life the Hall, its Stableblock and the Coach House. Building work started in February 2014 and should be completed by our opening in October 2015. We successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £1.46 Million which combined with grants from Veolia North Thames Trust and Biffa Award, has allowed us to push ahead with delivering an exciting project built on understanding, community involvement and innovation.
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AngLovesHolidays
Southend-on-Sea, UK104 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2021
We spent about an hour here, and were taken around the house by a couple of the volunteers. The volunteers were friendly and informative, and the current exhibition was about Anthony Denney.

Some parts of the house and the cafe were closed due to Covid-19.

It wasn't a problem that the house didn't have an adjacent carpark. We parked in Tesco (free for 3 hours) and walked to the house (about 4-5 minutes).
Written 23 September 2021
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Dolphster
London, UK41 contributions
A fabulous exhibition in a beautifully restored house.
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were rather late for our scheduled visit but the wonderful staff here went out of their way to help us enjoy our visit to this interesting house. The Anthony Denney exhibition is delightful. All the rooms have been arranged and decorated as they would have been in the 1960s when he was a tenant. He was an artist, designer and photographer so the interiors are beautifully stylish. I cannot recommend the house and exhibition highly enough. . Many thanks to the guides who introduced us to its history. It was certainly worth the long trek from west London. Even the lavatories were stylish.
Written 10 September 2021
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,572 contributions
Super visit!
Aug 2021
This is the fourth time I have been to the Anthony Denney Exhibition at the Hall, each time taking a different set of friends. This time was simply the best. There were three guides who each took their turn in explaining the history of the hall and it's builder, an explanation of the subject of the current exhibition and the artefacts displayed. They were informative, interesting and made the whole experience very worthwhile. It's a good exhibition too, and I'm pleased it has been extended due to covid. Unfortunately, the coffee shop is now closed so I bought coffees in Tesco and brought them in with us. We were able to use the outside benches for this. The garden itself is a little sad at the moment - the gardener left and a new one is just getting to grips with it. We spoke with him and it will take time and the help of volunteers to get it back into shape. A very good visit - thank you! You can go in for free on your National Art Pass - good to book in advance as places are limited as the moment.
Written 12 August 2021
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Becky B
March, UK50 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2021
Rainham Hall is a National Trust property, as a member I did not have to pay the entrance fee. The house is quite splendid but the gardens are currently overgrown and perhaps not as well kept as they used to be - pre-covid days.

The current exhibition centres around the life of Anthony Denney who lived in the house and did a lot of work in restoring it more in keeping with its age and style. I was greeted at the door by a young National Trust Volunteer, Mark Lambert, who proceeded to give me a very interesting talk on the history of the house. He also answered all my questions - well done Mark.

I then went around the house on my own. What is there is interesting and I enjoyed the visit. I then went around the gardens but they seemed to be overgrown and unkempt - probably due to being shut in recent times. Although the shop/cafe was not open the 'facilities' were and as in keeping with National Trust properties, were excellent.

Nice visit, thoroughly enjoyed. The exhibitions do change so next time I'm in the area will check what is on and go again.
Written 4 August 2021
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Barbara W
Manchester, UK11 contributions
Disappointed
Mar 2020 • Couples
Gardens and coffee shop ok. House a disappointment, not a lot to see and over priced at £9.50 per person for non-members of National Trust.
Written 10 March 2020
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jeffrey m
Hornchurch, UK2 contributions
STUNNING
Nov 2019
A super place for the History within the village of Rainham. A superb building which has been well preserved for local people to visit. A superb to look around.
Written 6 March 2020
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Russell E
Bracknell, UK650 contributions
Attractive House
Feb 2020
Strange location, drove through a proper industrial estate and some other rough housing and parked in Tesco's cap park. Got car washed while we visited, a very good job. House has about 5 floors and you can visit 3 of them. Very little furniture in house, most rooms empty. They try to have an exhibit of various tenants, this time Anthony Deeney, what there was displayed in a couple of rooms about him was interesting, but needed much more to justify the price. Coffee nice in coffee shop, though hot chocolate needed to be warmer. Also disappointing collection of snow drops.
Written 29 February 2020
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Freezer49
Romford, UK127 contributions
A Local Treasure.
Dec 2019
Our first trip out on a National Trust membership card bought as a Christmas Present for us and this was one of the nearest properties to where we live, so we used public transport to get there. Very easy to find and close to bus stop and train station. Unusual to find a property such as this near to local amenities as it is in Rainham Village and on a main road. Well worth the visit the Georgian House is beautiful. The interiors and furniture have changed over the years and with the different owners and tenants but the history of the people living there is just as interesting. We arrived at lunch time and eat in the cafe which was a lovely experience, good service, good food and in the old Stables. It was a cold, dreary day so we did not spend much time in the gardens. Very interesting!
Written 31 December 2019
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Rich B
London, UK671 contributions
Pleasant couple of hours
Nov 2019
Rainham Hall is a little out of place - lovely Georgian building nestled among a Tesco and some fairly standard urban sprawl. A shame you have to park nearby as there’s not a National Trust car park (we went on a Sunday when street parking was free), but it’s a pleasant place to spend an hour or two...

The stables area, now a cafe and info centre, is really pleasant - we had a couple of jacket potatoes which were decent. The house itself is three storeys, pretty funkily decorated as a previous tenant was high fashion photographer Anthony Denney. There’s enough intrigue and bits for a half hour walk around, but not enough to make you bored if your partner is the one with the historical interest! All in all, a typically pleasant NT property.
Written 2 December 2019
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mummywarren
Rainham, UK124 contributions
Interesting history
Dec 2019 • Couples
We have lived in Rainham for over 30 years and never visited this wonderful historical
house and it’s garden. We arrived at lunch time so decided to sample the cafe here and we were not disappointed. Staff were very friendly and welcoming, there are soups, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, toastier snd panninis, a good selection of cakes and scones too, as well as by and cold drinks. It was quite busy there too, they also have plenty of outside sweating for warmer weather. On entering the house we were given a brief history of the owners over the years, which was extremely interesting. We were then left to walk around at our own pace, allowed to sit and touch anything in the house. The gardens are big and I expect in the summer very busy too, you can just go in the gardens for free, there is a great children’s play area there too, and plenty of grass for picnics. Well worth a visit and we will definately be popping back for
Lunch again
Written 1 December 2019
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