Weald Country Park, Brentwood

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Weald Country Park is a 700-year-old, 500 acre country park in South Weald in the borough of Brentwood in the English county of Essex. It is on the north-east fringe of Greater London.Weald manor, parts of which dated to the 16th century, was bought by Sir Anthony Browne in 1547 and he died at Weald Hall in 1567. In 1685, Erasmus Smith bought it from Sir William Scroggs. The current layout is largely the result of landscaping carried out in the naturalistic manner of Capability Brown for Hugh Smith, lord of the manor from 1732 to 1745. In 1752, the estate was sold to Thomas Tower of Iver in Buckinghamshire, a lawyer and MP for Wareham in Dorset. Christopher Tower succeeded as the owner in 1778 and immediately commissioned Robert Adam to design a new dining room. On his death in 1810, his son, Christopher Thomas Tower, succeeded until 1867; he enlarged the estate and enclosed some commons as "waste".The park is now managed by Essex County Council.Weald HallWeald Hall, with 800acre in 1841, was let to farmers in the 19th century sold by another C. T. Tower in 1946, when the estate was broken up though part of the park was retained for the Green Belt of London. Some remnants remain of the Hall, which was demolished in 1950–51 due to war damage, in particular some steps leading to what used to be a folly in the park. The 16th-century lodge miscalled "Queen Mary's Chapel" because it was locally rumoured to have been used by Queen Mary for quiet prayer and contemplation, which used to be enclosed within Weald Hall's walled kitchen garden, still remains at the edge of the park.
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  • Advised to pay a visit to this country park. There are plenty of open spaces to explore, well signposted circular walks, and ample places for a picnic. They have incorporated themed areas based on the...  more »
  • Lovely day out for all the family and children of all ages. Very tidy woods and lots to look at. Nice cafe too and friendly staff. Would definatley reccomended.  more »
  • We go here all the time as my daughter loves the play areas, there are a number around the site suitable for creative play as well as traditional swings and slide. We also just go to walk the dog as t...  more »
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  • First time I've been here and it was a lovely place, helped it was a lovely sunny summers day. Lots of walking if you're up for it, and some great little play areas. Lots of geese and ducks to feed, even some lovely reindeer. Shop is nice, a little expensive though.. toilets are a little interesting in a busy day.. but it's a great place to visit. Plenty of families were enjoying the place.
  • This place is a must visit. An absolute gem of a park. Wide open spaces, shop and toilets on site, plenty of parking and spotlessly clean. There's a playground for the kids and they can also feed some captive Reindeer and wild ducks with special foods available from the site shop. Only issue I would have is that the toilets were like something out of a horror movie, very dirty. Hopefully this was just an off day but otherwise just a fantastic public amenity.
  • Perfect place to visit to clear your mind or spend time with the family. You can see that the car park money is actually spent on the park which is even nicer
  • Had a beautiful day here on Sunday. It's a very well looked after space with some deer and ducks you can feed. They sell special food for each in the shop at the entrance. There is plenty of space here to walk for ages and completely chill.
  • This is my go to place to walk my dog, take the kids and to relax beautiful senory and the deer make there something fun to do aswell as the lake and the cafe its just a good day out rolled into one really is a good place to go.

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