DiCamillo Companion

Gidea Hall

  • Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on the site of the 18th century house.

    Built / Designed For: Sir John Eyles

    House & Family History: Maria de Medici, mother-in-law of King Charles I, stayed at Gidea Hall in 1638 on her way from Harwich to London. By the 1650s the House lay in ruins; it languished in this state until it was finally demolished in 1720 by Sir John Eyles, who built a new house on the site.

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  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Gidea Hall Estate was broken up in 1893; the east segment was converted to a golf course in 1894. In 1897 the House and the remaining Estate was purchased by Herbert Raphael. In 1902 Raphael donated 20 acres, including a lake, for use as a public park; in 1903 an additional 55 acres were purchased and Raphael Park opened in 1904. In 1910 Raphael and two colleagues formed Gidea Park Ltd. to develop a garden suburb on the Gidea Hall and Balgores estates, today Gidea Park Garden Suburb.

  • Architect: Richard Woods

    Date: Circa 1776
    Designed: Enlarged House and landscaped park

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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Designed: Bridge

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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: Demolished

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Robert Chichele, 15th century. Sir Thomas Cooke, 1452-78. SEATED AT 18TH CENTURY HOUSE: Sir John Eyles, 18th century. Herbert Raphael, 1897-1924.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

    Ownership Details: The lake and west segments have been Raphael Park since 1904. The central segment has been the Gidea Park Garden Suburb since 1910.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No