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Weald Country Park, Brentwood

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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.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. Weald Hall, parts of which dated to the 16th century. 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". Weald 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. A very large painting of Weald Hall hung in a dining room at nearby Brentwood School. Depicting the house and park before 18th Century alterations it is attributed to Dutch painter Jan Griffier the Elder . The school, which was founded by a former owner of the Hall, Sir Anthony Browne, sold the painting to a private collector at Sotheby's in November 1985.
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  • A large area of rolling open land with a couple of lakes bordering onto an area of woodland with plenty of paths. There is a visitors centre which is OK and the opportunity to see the deer. There is s...  read more »
  • Popped here today and loved it. The new addition play area is fantastic, grandson aged 2 1/2 loved the stones in bowl and bucket. Seeing the young reindeer up so close was lovely and the ducks followi...  read more »
  • Really lovely visit to the park. So much to do and see, lots of different areas to keep it interesting. Would recommend to all ages. Just needs more parking! 
  • Just a wonderful, clean public park that has been around for many, many generations. See the gorgeous Deer, have a picnic, walk the dog, feed the ducks and of course, let your kids enjoy The Stick Man adventures!
  • Big green space that caters for a range of activities from family picnics, feeding deer to bridleways, cycling and walking. Lake to feed waterfowl, and a great slope for toboganing when it snows.
  • Great fun foe the family, pay for parking I advice a picnic the cafe there is a bit pricey and only pre packed food.
  • Recently transformed with a "Stick Man" trail (adapted from the popular children's book) this park now has a number of little play areas for kids, along with a large fishing pond and an area with reindeer that can be fed if you purchase some feed from the shop. A small café and gift shop is also on site, and a Santa's grotto is put up for Christmas. My son also attended a "bug hunt" nature walk birthday party here once, which made a nice change from the usual soft play or children's entertainers.
  • Great walk for the kids and dogs.
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