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Beckingham Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Tolleshunt Major.
In the historic county of Essex.
Modern Authority of Essex.
1974 county of Essex.
Medieval County of Essex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL9098211264
Latitude 51.76743° Longitude 0.76638°

Beckingham Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


A high status C16 site with moat, substantial brick gatehouse and part of the peripheral wall with turrets of c.1540-50 built by by Stephan Beckingham Within is a contemporary timber framed house, part of what is now a working farm. Beckingham died in 1558, probably before before his ambitious plans were complete. There is no evidence that a significant park or garden were ever constructed. (Essex HER)

Beckingham Hall, house, gatehouse, walls and moat, 200 yards N.E. of Tolleshunt Major church. The house is of two storeys, partly of brick and partly of plastered timber-framing; the roofs are tiled. It was built c.1546, the date on a panel (now at the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington). Early in the 17th-century a wing was added on the W. side and there are modern additions on the S. and N. The fact that the house is unimportant in comparison to the gatehouse and walls implies either the former existence of a much larger building or at any rate the intention to erect such a building. The Gatehouse W. of the house is of c.1546 and forms the central feature of the boundary wall of a large courtyard, 130 ft. by 120 ft., with the house adjoining the S.E. angle. At the N.W. angle of the boundary wall of the great courtyard is a circular hollow turret. At the S.W. angle is a plain circular turret forming with a similar turret further S. a pair flanking an outer gateway; the gateway arch has been removed. Near the middle of the N. and S. sides of the main courtyard are the bases of two more turrets. The Moat probably surrounded the house but only the E. arm remains. Condition - of house, good; of gatehouse and walls, poor. (PastScape)
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