Southchurch Hall

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Southchurch Hall
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Southchurch Hall
General information
TypeHistoric House
Architectural styleHalf timbered
Town or citySouthend-on-Sea
Coordinates51°32′13″N 0°43′46″E / 51.536967°N 0.729493°E / 51.536967; 0.729493Coordinates: 51°32′13″N 0°43′46″E / 51.536967°N 0.729493°E / 51.536967; 0.729493
Construction startedc.1321-1364

Southchurch Hall is Grade I Listed Medieval moated house located in Southchurch, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. The Hall was home to farming families until the 1920s. In 1930 it was extensively restored and presented to the town of Southend[1] by the Dowsett Family.[2] The Hall has been listed in Jenkins' top 1000 houses in England.[3]


The current hall was built c.1321 – 1364, and has a Tudor and a 1930s extension. The Great Hall is still presented in its 14th Century form.[4] At this time, the Great Hall would have had a central fireplace and original smoke blackened timbers can still be seen in the roof (although much of the roof was replaced in the 1930s restoration).[4] At the end of the Great Hall is the cross-wing, housing the North and South Solars. These rooms reflect changing fashions for more intimate rooms; the South Solar is a late 16th or early 17th Century extension.[5]

The hall probably stands on the site of a much earlier Saxon hall. The land on which it stands was given to the monks of Canterbury in 823AD and the tenants of the hall subsequently inherited the family name "de Southchurch". This custom survived until the death of Peter de Southchurch in 1309.[6]


In the 1930s extension to the hall, there is an exhibition of artefacts discovered during archaeological investigations of the site.[4]

The collections at Southchurch Hall include the oil painting Attack on Southchurch Hall during the Peasants' Revolt, 1381, by Alan Sorrell (1969).[7]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Southchurch Hall Historic House". Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ Gate inscription. Southchurch Hall moat gates. 2008.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Simon (2004). England's thousand best houses. London: Penguin. p. 249. ISBN 0141006250.
  4. ^ a b c Southend Museums Service (2011). Southchurch Hall: a guide to the rooms. Southend-on-Sea: Southend Museums Service. pp. 1–2.
  5. ^ Southend Museums Service. Southchurch Hall: a guide to the rooms. Southend-on-Sea: Southend Museums Service. pp. 2–3.
  6. ^ English Heritage. "British Listed Buildings (Southchurch Hall)". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Your Paintings: Attack on Southchurch". Art UK. Retrieved 12 March 2013.