Gallery: Sneak peek at restored Rainham Hall as it prepares to open to public

Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall - Credit: Archant

An 18th century manor upheld as one of the country’s finest surviving examples of a Georgian merchant’s home has opened to the public for the first time.

Map of the Thames Estuary

Map of the Thames Estuary - Credit: Archant

Rainham Hall, owned by the National Trust, is being unveiled today (Wednesday) following a £2.5million redevelopment programme painstakingly carried out over the last two years.

The attraction, shaped by the insights of residents, groups and even art students, tells the tale of its sea-faring founder John Harle.

Ed Ikin, manager of the site, in Broadway, Rainham, said: “Rainham Hall will be a thriving hub at the heart of village life.

“A place for people to meet, for new art to be created and for families to learn together.

A miniature replica of a Collier bulk cargo ship, made by the Romford Model Engineering Clubs John

A miniature replica of a Collier bulk cargo ship, made by the Romford Model Engineering Clubs John Miller - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


“The experience within the hall will be fresh, creative and regularly evolving. We’ll draw inspiration from the lives of our past residents to tell great stories.”

The Grade II*-listed site was built in 1729 by Harle, part of a family of sea merchants in north-east England, who shipped coal, food and other goods around the Baltic and the Mediterranean.

Most Read

The owner and his era have been brought to life through features such as a miniature replica of a Collier bulk cargo ship, made by Romford Model Engineering Club’s John Miller, a re-imagining of Lloyd’s Coffee House, which Harle would have frequently visited for naval networking and gossip, and sound installations recorded by youngsters, of nursery rhymes, sea shanties and songs which would have been familiar to the merchant as he grew up along the Durham coastline.

Opening times for the hall, which also boasts a garden and the Stables Cafe, vary, but it is generally available Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/rainham-hall.

Staircase inside Rainham Hall

Staircase inside Rainham Hall - Credit: Archant

John Harle's last will and testament, which was donated to Rainham Hall

John Harle's last will and testament, which was donated to Rainham Hall - Credit: Archant

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus