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Danbury Palace (Danbury Place) (Danbury Park)

  • Earlier Houses: The current house stands on the site of the 1589 Mildmay house.

    House & Family History: Sir Walter Mildmay, the founder of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, built the first Danbury Place in 1589. The original House was replaced in 1832 by the Round family with the current red brick Tudor style house. Danbury was acquired by the Church of England in 1845 and became the residence of the bishops of Rochester and, later, the bishops of St. Albans; it was during the Church's ownership that the House became known as Danbury Palace (the Church of England sold Danbury in 1892). During World War II the House became a maternity hospital and was later owned by the Essex County Council. In the early 21st century the Estate was divided up, with the House coming into the ownership of Anglia Ruskin University.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The House sits within the historic landscape of Danbury Park, a former medieval deer park.

    Chapel & Church: At the south end of the House is the Chapel, built between 1860 and 1867 and noted for its traceried windows.

  • Architect: Thomas Hopper

    Date: 1832
    Designed: House

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    Architect: Unknown (designed by an unknown architect)

    Date: 1860-67
    Designed: Chapel

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  • Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Owned by Anglia Ruskin University

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Sir Walter Mildmay, 16th cenurty. Fytche (Fitch, ffytch) family, 17th-19th centuries. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Round family, 1832-45. Bishops of Rochester and St. Albans, 1845-92. Brigadier-General J.T. Wigan, 1930s.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01245-493-131

    Website: http://www.anglia.ac.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No