We are sorry that due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we had to cancel Sunday's guided tour at such short notice. Can we thank all those people who had a wasted journey for their understanding and appreciation of the situation.
Copped Hall is a fine Georgian mansion that is currently under restoration. It is superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland. The mansion is visible from the M25 which passes through a corner of the park. The mansion and gardens are situated on a site of ancient human habitation. Important buildings were demolished when the present mansion was built.
From 1986-1995 a campaign was successfully fought by a committee comprised of representatives of local conservation societies against repeated large scale aggressive development proposals for the mansion and parkland. Three of these individuals set up the Copped Hall Trust – which finally saved the mansion and gardens by purchasing them in 1995.The Corporation of London had already saved the surrounding parkland by purchasing it in 1992. The main aim of the Trust is to permanently protect the site, to carefully restore Copped Hall and its gardens for educational and community benefit. Copped Hall and its gardens are strictly private.
The first twenty years
This summer, on the 30th June, we had the 20th anniversary celebration of the acqusition of Copped Hall by the Copped Hall Trust. The Trust held a garden party in the evening for the volunteers. It was a lovely summer evening.
The reason why Copped Hall was finally purchased on the 30th June was that several deadlines to raise the purchase price loans had passed and the end of June was the final date. On the 1st July the site would have been sold to developers and the campaign to save Copped Hall would have had to start all over again.
To continue to acknowledge the restoration work of the last 20 years, an exhibition has been assembled in the wing comparing photographs taken in 1995 with photographs taken in 2015 from a similar position. This exhibition will be left in place for a while
Adrian BarlowKEMPE STUDY DAY