DiCamillo Companion

Southchurch Hall (Whiffen’s Farm)

  • Earlier Houses: The current house very likely stands on the site of a an earlier Saxon building (in 823 Leofstan, a Saxon thegn [thane], gave the manor to the monks of Canterbury).

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Peter de Southchurch, until 1309. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Richard Rich, 16th century; Rich family here until 1657. Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, until 1682. Thomas Dowsett, 19th century; Dowsett family here until 1925.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Museum

    Ownership Details: Since 1930 Southchurch Hall and Gardens, part of Southend Museums.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01702-467-671

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No