Chess Piece Garden. Hall Place, Bexley, Kent, UK. National Lottery Herritage Property.
Nikon D700 with 24-120mm Lense.
ISO 400, 1/30th sec, f/11, 28mm. Circ Pol.
Captured in the afternoon sunshine.
Hall Place Information
Hall Place is a fine Grade I listed country house built in 1537 for Sir John Champneys, a wealthy merchant and former Lord Mayor of London. The house boasts a panelled Tudor Great Hall, overlooked by a minstrel’s gallery, and various period rooms. The 17th century additions and improvements by Sir Robert Austen include a vaulted Long Gallery and splendid Great Chamber with a fine plaster ceiling.
Managed by Bexley Heritage Trust, this beautiful estate of 65 hectares stands on the banks of the River Cray at Bexley. Surrounding the house are award winning formal gardens with magnificent topiary, enclosed gardens and inspirational herbaceous borders. In the walled gardens there is a nursery selling plants grown in the Hall Place gardens, and a sub-tropical glasshouse where you can see ripening bananas in mid-winter.
New displays include an introduction to the house’s history and exhibits from Bexley’s extensive museum collection, as well as contemporary art exhibitions. You can find more information about the restoration and development project at ‘Restoration’ in the ‘Visiting’ section of this website.
Events There is an extensive programme of events, art based activities, concerts and theatre in the house and gardens. Several rooms are available to hire for meetings and events, including the Great Hall and Great Chamber, which are also licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. Bexley Heritage Trust runs a popular education and outreach service and organized activities during the school holidays.
You’ll love a visit to Hall Place…