Built in 1729 during the Georgian Era by an enterprising merchant and ship’s captain, John Harle was the first of a diverse set of residents who have lived at the Hall. It is a rare surviving witness of the river trade which forms such an important aspect of local and regional history.
The site’s gardens, which comprise just under three acres, provide a welcoming and peaceful green oasis and are a favourite feature of the site with the local community and visitors. 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.
Now, with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and grant funders, an exciting project to restore and open up this hidden piece of London’s history is underway. The project will enable the entire site to be fully opened to the public for the first time in its history. The formerly unused and dilapidated Stableblock will be restored and transformed into a valued and vibrant community hub accessible to all and will feature a cafe, exhibition space, toilets and a learning and community space.
With no original collection and no single famous personality we have the opportunity in the house to do something new and exciting, to create a place where past and present co-exist comfortably and opportunities to get involved abound. From the outset this has been a project about people and we are continuing to work closely with the local community to not only develop a place they are proud of but somewhere with opportunities for getting involved and learning new skills. Volunteers are involved in a wide range of our work and we will be expanding our current teams and creating a diverse range of new roles and ways for people to get involved. The property is currently closed for the restoration works but is scheduled to open in summer 2015. Visit the website for more information.
Phone: 01708 525579
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