The trust acquired the property in 1949 and until October 2015 it was let to a succession of tenants. In October 2015 it was opened to the public. There is no original contents so it is presented as exhibition to the times of the first owner John Harle. The idea is that the exhibition will change in the future to reflect the life and times of other owner/occupants.
In 1729 the hall would have had a lovely rural location alas modern Rainham is heavily built up and the area is no longer a rural haven......... still the house is attractive.
Oh and this was my first visit!
A hall and a church how rural :)
Really good model. It shows that the rooms are surprisingly small!
The will of John Harle
The type of wedding dress his wife would have worn. At the time white wasn't common for weddings.
Indoor duck pond
These are things found in the house.
This map shows the Thames in Harle's time.
And this the British Empire
This was the Georgian Kitchen I believe. Today kitted out as a Georgian coffee house.
It will be interesting how the house and garden evolves over the years.