Fanhams Hall

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Fanhams Hall
Fanhams Hall logo.jpg
General information
Location Fanhams Hall Road,
Hertfordshire, SG12 7PZ
Coordinates 51°49′21″N 0°0′41″W / 51.82250°N 0.01139°W / 51.82250; -0.01139Coordinates: 51°49′21″N 0°0′41″W / 51.82250°N 0.01139°W / 51.82250; -0.01139
Owner Exclusive Hotels and Venues
Fanhams Hall Website
Fanhams Hall exterior

Fanhams Hall is an 18th-century Queen Anne House-style hotel in Ware, Hertfordshire in the south east of England.[1]


Fanhams Hall is noteworthy for being the birthplace and home of the first Lord Croft, Sir Henry Page-Croft, who was the youngest son of Richard Hale School benefactor Richard Benyon Croft[2] and Winston Churchill's appointed Under-Secretary of State for War until 1945. The south-east wing of the house served as his living quarters, and the present-day bedrooms numbered 207-210 were Lord Croft's maisonette. In 1874, Fanhams Hall was also the birthplace and home of his sister, Anne, who later became the second wife of Liverpool Brewer Sir Charles Nall-Cain;[3] they lived at Brocket Hall, Welwyn until Lord Brocket's death in 1934, when Lady Brocket returned to Fanhams Hall where she resided until her death in 1949.[1]

It was Lady Brocket's interest in horticulture that influenced the employment of Japanese gardeners to create the Hall's formal gardens. Her ornamental lakes and choice of trees (such as Japanese maples) can still be seen in the present-day formal grounds, as can the "Fuji-yama Mound" which was built with earth from the Hall's lakes.[1]

The house was sold as a training centre to the Westminster Bank in 1951, to the Building Societies Association in 1971, and to J Sainsbury plc in February 1986.[1]

Current Use[edit]

The Hall currently serves as a hotel and events venue, and is owned by the hotel group Exclusive Hotels and Venues. The Hall is still open to the public as a local meeting point. For example, the local branch of the Ancient Order of Foresters holds meetings within the grounds,[4] and its buildings are also a location for political fundraising events within the town.


Fanhams Hall is located in Ware, Hertfordshire. The closest airport is Stansted Airport and the nearest train station is Ware.


  1. ^ a b c d "Fanhams Hall". Ware Online. Ware, United Kingdom. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Richard Benyon Croft
  3. ^ "Person Page 8153". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Minutes from Annual Meeting (2007) of Ware Town Council" (PDF). Ware Town Council. Ware, United Kingdom. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 

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