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Horham Hall (Horeham Hall) (Horam Hall)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house of circa 1470 on the site, parts of which were incorporated into the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Rebuilt for Sir John Cutte

    House & Family History: The current, moated house was built between 1510 and 1515 by Sir John Cutte, under-treasurer to Henry VIII, who probably incorporated significant elements of the earlier 15th century house into his new brick house. Horham was visited by Queen Elizabeth I in 1571 and 1578; it's likely that the tower was built for the queen to watch the local hunt. The south kitchen was built circa 1680. Paneling from the Hall was installed in the old House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster circa 1801; this was lost in the 1834 fire that destroyed the Palace. Major restorations to Horham's north wing took place 1841-44. During World War II the House was used as a Barnardo's home (a charity that cares for vulnerable children and young people); after the war Horham was purchased by Arctic explorer Sir George Binney. The Shand family carried out significant restoration work in 1976.

    Comments: Horham is considered the most complete house of its period in Essex.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The gatehouse was destroyed. Walter Ison designed the swimming pool for Sir George Blinney in 1945.

    Chapel & Church: The Chapel was destroyed.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Evelyn Anthony

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir John Cutte, 16th century. Humphry family, early 20th century. Sir George Binney, 20th century. Sandy Shand, 20th century. Ward-Thomas family, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No