Forty Hall

This article by Stephen Gilburt was first published by The Enfield Society in newsletter 173, Spring 2009.

Forty Hall was built between 1629 and 1633 for Sir Nicholas Rainton (or Raynton), who was Lord Mayor of London in 1632. Forty Hall was owned by members of the Meyer family from 1799 and by members of the Bowles family from 1895, before being sold to Enfield Council in 1951. The house is usually open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, free of charge.

Illustration 1. The entrance gate, listed Grade II, dates from about 1800.
Illustration 2. South-east view of Forty Hall, which is one of only two Grade I listed buildings in the borough (the other one is Grovelands).
Illustration 3. The original entrance to the house was through a porch on the east side.
Illustration 4. Sir Nicholas and Lady Rainton showing visitors around their home.
Illustration 5. This monument was erected in St. Andrew’s Parish Church to Sir Nicholas and Lady Rainton, who died in 1646 and 1640 respectively. His nephew’s family, including the great-nephew who succeeded as heir, were probably added later.
Illustration 6. Much of the original decoration survives, including this fine 17th century plastered wall and ceiling.
Illustration 7. In 1994 the house was presented as it might have appeared during the 1640s and a Civil War battle was re-enacted outside.
Illustration 8. The first floor panelled room was laid out as a 17th century bedroom.
Illustration 9. A Georgian study was re-created as part of an exhibition on Enfield and the transatlantic slave trade in 2007.
Illustration 10. In 2005 this room was furnished in the style of the 1940s in conjunction with an exhibition on Enfield at war.
Illustration 11. This 1630 Grade I listed gateway provides the entrance to a rectangular courtyard which is flanked by the 17th century Grade II listed former stable range, now a banqueting suite.
Illustration 12. Two 17th century Grade II listed barns were restored in 1998 and, together with other farm buildings west of Forty Hall, are leased to Capel Manor College.
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