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.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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  • August 13, 2017
    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 »
  • July 31, 2017
    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 »
  • July 19, 2017
    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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  • Beautiful. Greeted by a peacock running around. Bought duck and deer food. Had so much fun feeding them. Climbed trees. The kid in me had fun in the playgrounds. Hunted for the mysterious stick man and enjoyed the views. Everyone was super friendly and my daughter loved it.
  • One of the larger Essex country parks that used to be the country house of Sir Thomas Tower in the 1700's. Now one of the best mixed woodland and meadow country parks in England with hills looking West to London and down to Brentwood town centre. Extensive bluebell woods with wild deer roaming through the trees. Originally scheduled to be the London 2012 Olympics mountain bike races until event moved to Hadleigh further out in Essex.
  • Lovely open fields, with good walks on dirt tracks through the forests. The toilets need attention, but otherwise a lovely place 👏
  • Beautiful place to go. Cafe and public toilets on site. We had a nice time wondering around here. It has a small deer park and a children's adventure playground ground to explore.
  • Great park. Lots to do. Wish I'd put more money in parking meter, only enough for an hour. Needed two or more. Will go again.

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