The House from a late 19th-early 20th century postcard
Earlier Houses: An earlier house of 1620 existed on the site, part of which was incorporated into the current house.
Built / Designed For: Samuel Tufnell
House & Family History: In 1711 Samuel Tuffnell, flush with new London money, purchased the Langleys Estate from the ancient Essex family of Everard, who were in straightened financial circumstances. Tuffnell paid £5,498 for Langleys, the equivalent of £11 million in 2016 values, using the labour value commodity index. Charles Robert Cockerell may have advised on the designs for the for the western hall and new rooms circa 1820. The service wing dates from the mid-Victorian period, during which time a southern-facing conservatory was also added to the House. Langleys is one of the few houses in Essex that remains in the ownership of the family that built it.
Comments: Writing about the North Wing, Pevsner said "The Library and Old Dining Room display plasterwork of an exuberance not exceeded anywhere in the country." Writing in the July 2012 issue of "Tatler," A. Rivkin called Langleys "the Blenheim Palace of Essex, the county's only truly great house."
Garden & Outbuildings: Bridgeman landscaped the grounds in 1719.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 130, 1854.
Country Life: XVIII, 774, 1905. XCI, 68, 112, 160, 1942. XCII, 264 [Furniture], 552 [Paintings], 1942.
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
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Current Seat / Home of: Micklem family, descendants of the Tufnells.
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Everard family, until 1711. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Samuel Tufnell, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No