Seated within nearly 1000 acres of old deer park, woodland and two golf courses, Thorndon Hall still retains much of the character of its original tranquil 18th Century setting. Only 2 miles south of Brentwood town centre and only 25 minutes by train (Shenfield or Brentwood Stations) from Central London it offers the perfect retreat from urban life with all the benefits of having London on your doorstep.
Built between 1764-1770 by the eminent architect James Paine with interiors by Samuel Wyatt and landscaping by Capability Brown, Thorndon Hall stands within extensive parkland to the south of Brentwood, Essex and only 25 miles East of Central London. This grand stately home was built as a replacement to Thorndon Old Hall (now a ruin within the park) and was originally the principal family seat of the Barons Petre of Writtle, one of Britain's wealthiest land owners and one of the country's most prominent Catholic families. The family moved to their other seat of Ingatestone in the early 20th century and now the house has been converted into private luxury apartments and cottages.
Thorndon Hall and its park have seen many changes over the centuries both in name and in ownership. With its earliest records going back to the last days of the Anglo Saxon Kings then passing from one powerful and wealthy family to another there are plenty of tales and secrets hidden in the fabric of the estate. This history of Thorndon has been put together to try and create a comprehensive collection of these stories and articles to give a full picture of the house and estate over the ages as well as trying to give a bit of a background to the characters that have either owned or lived at the house throughout its hist
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