Restoration of Langtons Gardens

Langtons House and Langtons Gardens are a grade II listed 18th century house and landscaped gardens in Hornchurch, Greater London. The gardens were remodelled in the early 19th century by Humphry Repton, a British landscape gardener who is often regarded as one of the greatest of his era. Currently the house and gardens are used as the Boroughs register office and a public park after becoming local authority property in 1929.

This £1.7m project, which is on behalf of the London Borough of Havering involves restoration works to the gardens and has been jointly funded by the Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Veoila Havering Riverside Trust.

Works, which are scheduled to span 49 weeks will include:

  • Bank stabilisation to the lake
  • Construction of a new toilet and car park
  • Conversion of an existing garage into a café
  • New pathways laid throughout the park
  • Restoration works to the orangery, greenhouse and several grade II listed walls
  • Construction of a faux bridge across the lake

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Bank stabilisation works in progress

In addition an on-site grade II listed Bath House which was built at the same time as the house will be restored. The construction of bath houses during the 18th century was an early manifestation of the western obsession with health and resulted in the creation of plunge pools and cold baths in houses and gardens across the county.

Due to the sensitive nature of the existing structures, Historic England, a body dedicated to looking after England’s historic environment will regularly be visiting site to provide expert advice to the site team, which will include skilled craftsmen’s of various trades.

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The grade II listed Bath House, originally built in the 1760’s

Careful planning and close liaison with staff from the registrar office has resulted in little disruption to their day to day operations and has meant wedding parties are still able to make full use of the gardens on their big day.

The contract is being handled by Site Manager Colin Earl and is due for completion in April 2016.

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