Instruction to Sell - Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex | £465,000

The Property Specialists are delighted to offer for sale this stunning two bedroom period cottage beautifully located in the private and gated country estate within the historic grounds of the famous Thorndon Hall.

This superb property was believed to be one of the work houses / bakery for Thorndon Hall manor and offers deceptively spacious accommodation with two double bedrooms with ample storage wardrobes and the master bedrooms benefits from an En-Suite shower room, which is in addition to a main bathroom. The ground floor there is a large living room with French doors opening to communal gardens and the kitchen breakfast room has a country style fitted kitchen and large storage larder cupboard.

Outside there is nearby by parking and the properties have a garage in a row with the added advantage of power and lighting. 

History Below :

Thorndon Hall and its park have seen many changes over the centuries both in name and in ownership. With its earliest records going back to the last days of the Anglo Saxon Kings then passing from one powerful and wealthy family to another there are plenty of tales and secrets hidden in the fabric of the estate. This history of Thorndon has been put together to try and create a comprehensive collection of these stories and articles to give a full picture of the house and estate over the ages as well as trying to give a bit of a background to the characters that have either owned or lived at the house throughout its history.

If you have any information that you feel has been missed out, or could be clarified or corrected please feel free to contact me and I will endeavour to do my best in correcting or including it in the site. If you have any old photographs of the house and park, especially those before it was renovated into apartments then I would be most grateful if you could supply me with a copy for the gallery.

I have broken down the history into key periods and stages. The earliest records around the time of the Domesday Survey, the rebuilding and creation of a lodge in the 15th century, the expansion and development into a grand country seat by the Petre family through to the remodelling and eventual relocation to where the building stands now.

1086 - 1573 Anglo Saxon Kings and the Domesday Survey

Official records of Thorndon date back to just before William the Conqueror's Domesday Survey of 1086, although there would have been settlements here dating back much further.

Records indicate that the estate was held by two freemen during the reign of Edward the Confessor (one of the last Anglo Saxon Kings of England) possibly Edmund, son of Algot then Robert FitzWimarc and later by his son Suan (Swein or Sweyn) of Essex by the time of the 1086

The Manor of West Horndon was then held by Robert FitzWimarc the Sweyn of Essex, a great territorial lord and kinsman of Edward the Confessor and William of Normandy (the Conqueror) who held many manorial estates and built Rayleigh Castle.

East & West Horndon & Horndon on the Hill were historically known as Horninduna, Torninduna and Horndon. Horndon is the only name that survives today and Thorndon Park seems to get its name from an amalgamation of them all. These were recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086, when William the Conqueror, having successfully invaded England and defeated King Harold on the south coast near Hastings decided to carry out the most complete tax/asset survey in history. Two books were produced one going into considerable detail covering the area of East Anglia, and the other, the rest of the kingdom. Torninduna is in the little book.

The Fitz-Lewis Family

Later Thorndon was passed to the Thany, Brianzon, Drokensford, Neville families and then to John Fitz-Lewis a merchant from South Wales who was granted a licence from King Henry V that permitted the owner:

' to empark 300 acres, to surround his lodge within this park with walls and to crenellate and embattle the lodge'.

Floorplan for Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex