Forty Hall History

Historic image of Forty Hall Estate

Forty Hall is one of England's finest historic houses.

Set in its own Estate, with walled garden, formal and informal gardens, lakes, lawns, and meadows Forty Hall is Grade 1 listed and important to architectural English history as a fine example on the cusp between the medieval to modern style.

Built by former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Nicholas Rainton in 1632 the Hall stands on the edge of London and is important to understanding the growth of the Capital City and of the life and times of the merchant classes.

The Elsyng Palace scheduled monument lies within the Forty Hall Estate. The palace is a unique and nationally significant archaeological monument, not only as the site of an early Tudor courtier's palace later developed by Henry VIII, but as a complex multi-phased landscape with a rich history stretching back to medieval times. The palace was also a childhood residence of King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth I.

The Hall itself has been changed and reworked by a number of owners that lived there, including the Meyers, Wolstenholmes and Parker Bowles, however many architectural features remain from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

A visit to Sir Nicholas Rainton's Hall & Estate provides a unique experience of London today and is important to our understanding of the growth of the Capital City, and of the life and times of the merchant classes who established London as a major centre for trade worldwide.

Sir Nicholas Rainton

Sir Nicholas Rainton amassed considerable wealth importing sumptuous materials from Italy including satin and taffeta from Florence, taffeta and sarsnets from Lucca, satins from Bologna and velvets and damasks from Genoa.

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Elsyng Palace

Forty Hall Estate sits on the site of the Former Elsyng Palace, which belonged to Henry VIII and was home to Elizabeth I and Edward IV.

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