Copped Hall

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The saving of Copped Hall has been described a number times as a miracle. In reality, it was achieved by a great deal of hard work against overwhelming odds.

Historic country houses in their parkland are one of the great cultural achievements of previous centuries. Very sadly by the 1950s, historic mansions like Copped Hall were being demolished at a rate of one every two and a half days. With their loss the centrepiece and purpose of the gardens, ancillary buildings and parkland was removed. Often all of these parts were destroyed. In the 1980s the planning authorities acted to preserve the excellent established qualities of Copped Hall and its surroundings by making them into a conservation area in 1984. English Heritage followed by listing the older parkland as Grade II*. After much campaigning the Conservators of Epping Forest (The City of London) purchased the freehold of the parkland in order to preserve and restore it. The specially formed Copped Hall Trust eventually purchased the mansion, stables and gardens in 1995.

The Conservators are committed to the restoration of the parkland, the reintroduction of animals and to the preservation of this important wildlife habitat.

In 1999 the Trust acquired the completely derelict Walled Kitchen Garden, one of the largest in Essex. After 13 years, all the undergrowth has been cleared from the garden and the glasshouses. This work has been largely carried out by volunteers. The garden is now mainly planted with produce sold locally and to visitors. One glasshouse has been restored with two others under way.

The Copped Hall Trust has made substantial progress in the last 17 years. The Racquets Court and the stables have been largely restored, together with other service buildings. Much work has been carried out clearing the gardens of non-original vegetation. Replacement trees have been planted and lawns re-seeded. Internally, the mansion is to be restored to its 1750s’ form, and since 2001 some of the roof and floor structures have been reinstated and essential structural repairs carried out. Since 1998 the Trust has been supported in its work by a Friends organisation which now has more than 1,000 members. From these members a very committed band of volunteers assists with all aspects of the project.

Facilities

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs welcome - Must be kept on a lead.
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours - Monthly Guided Tours - third Sunday every month The tours last about 2 hours 30 min - 3 hours and cover the whole of the gardens, part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables. Tours start from 10.00am and entry gates close at 11.00am. Cost £8.00. (The reason the gates are only open for one hour is that we have to get the tours started within this hour as the tours can last up to 3 hours including the refreshments - there is more to see than people realise !) The price includes guided tours of the mansion and gardens.

Parking & Transport

  • On Site Car Parking
  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • Forest Location - Located on the Copped Hall Estate which forms part of the buffer-lands of Epping Forest.
  • In countryside - Located on the Copped Hall Estate which forms part of the buffer-lands of Epping Forest.

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Monthly Guided Tours - third Sunday every month The tours last about 2 hours 30 min - 3 hours and cover the whole of the gardens, part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables. Tours start from 10.00am and entry gates close at 11.00am. Cost £8.00. (The reason the gates are only open for one hour is that we have to get the tours started within this hour as the tours can last up to 3 hours including the refreshments - there is more to see than people realise !) The price includes guided tours of the mansion and gardens.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the M25, junction 26 Follow signs to Loughton (then to Epping). Drive uphill through the forest to the roundabout. Take the first left exit (B1393), passing the garage on the left. In slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

From Woodford and Loughton Drive to the Wake Arms roundabout, follow signs to Epping (B1393) passing the garage on your left, in slightly over half a mile, turn left, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

From Harlow and the M11 Follow signs to Epping for approximately 5 miles. Through Epping, after passing the Bell Hotel on your right, in slightly over a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

From North Weald. Drive to Epping Through Epping, after passing the Bell Hotel on your right, in slightly over a mile turn right, signposted Upshire. After a few hundred yards you will see on the right the entrance gates and gate houses to Copped Hall.

Public Transport Directions

Please note, Copped Hall is located on the buffer lands of Epping Forest. There is no public transport access nearby. Nearest stations are on the Central Line at Epping or Loughton where taxis can take you to Copped Hall.

Copped Hall

Type:Historic House / Palace

Crown Hill, Epping, Essex, CM16 5HS

Tel: 07799 473108

Opening Times

* As well as regular open days and guided tour days (generally the third Sunday every month), there are events and activities throughout the year. Some require pre-booking and have limited numbers. Please see the calendar of events on the Copped Hall website for more details and how to book.

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