Chigwell Hall

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Chigwell Hall

Chigwell Hall is a Grade II listed[1] Manor House in Chigwell, Essex. It is situated on Roding Lane within 42 acres of grounds.[2] It was built in 1876 to the designs by the English architect Richard Norman Shaw - his only house in Essex[3] - for Shaw's client, Alfred Savill, founder of the Savills estate agency.[4] The building and grounds have been owned by the Metropolitan Police Service since 1967 and is the current site of the force's sports and social club.[5]

Chigwell Hall was built on the grounds, to the south west, of Chigwell Manor, a medieval building in Roding Lane, which had belonged to the Branston family for two generations. In 1881 Savill decided to abandon the older house and moved into Chigwell Hall.[6] It is located on High Road, Chigwell, and is opposite to the Kings Head,[2] a 17th-century public house made famous by Charles Dickens who used it as a basis for The Maypole Inn, for his novel Barnaby Rudge.[7] As well as being the residence of the Metropolitan Police's sports and social club, Chigwell Hall is also used for business functions, wedding ceremonies, and is the venue of a restaurant.[2]

Pevsner describes the hall as "especially good, surprising in its freshness and looking as it might well [have been built] twenty-five years later".[8]


  1. ^ Historic England, "Chigwell Hall (1337253)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 January 2020
  2. ^ a b c Chigwell Hall, Chigwell Sports Club, accessed 10 December 2014.
  3. ^ Pevsner, p. 122.
  4. ^ Bettley & Pevsner 2007, pp. 229–230.
  5. ^ Watson, p. 58.
  6. ^ "The Walled Garden, Bramston’s Roding Lane Chigwell" by Martin O'Rourke on behalf of Epping Forest District Council, January 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  7. ^ " Chigwell: A Glamorous Town that likes to Flash it's Cash", The Metro online edition, accessed 10 November 2014.
  8. ^ Bettley & Pevsner 2007, pp. 229-230.


Coordinates: 51°37′29″N 0°04′34″E / 51.6248°N 0.0762°E / 51.6248; 0.0762