april,2020

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£50 (inc. lunch)

Built on land that was originally bestowed on the Fitz Aucher family by Richard I, Copped Hall was built by John Sanderson between 1752-58 for John Conyers, replacing an earlier Elizabethan house that was demolished around 1748. Conyers’s three-story house built in brick with stone dressings was set in landscaped parkland and once described as ‘the Premier house of Essex’. It was subsequently extensively altered internally by James Wyatt for Conyers’s son, also John, who inherited after his father’s death in 1775. The house was sold out of the Conyers family in 1869 and bought by George Wythe, who had made his fortune in civil engineering. In 1917, the house, which was then owned by one of Wythe’s descendants, was gutted by fire and in 1950 the estate was sold, after which followed a period of total neglect; the house was stripped of its materials and left to deteriorate, the orangery was blown up as an army training exercise in the 1960s and the garden statues were sold and removed. In 1995, the Copped Hall Trust acquired the freehold of the property, ancillary buildings and gardens, and commenced long-term restoration of the building. This visit will provide an opportunity to see the house and grounds and to view the important work that has been undertaken to restore the hall since the Group last visited in 2014.

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(Thursday) 11:00 am

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