RE: [RomfordHistory] Dagnam Park
- Dear Nicky,
> Im interested in finding out about the ManorWelcome to the group! The following information is summarised from Volume
> that was supposed to be in Harold hill.
VII of the Victoria History of the County of Essex, pp.66-67, by kind
permission of the General Editor:
"The manor of DAGENHAMS [the for 'Dagnam' or 'Dagnams' came into use in the
18th century] and COCKERELS comprised two adjoining tenements lying north of
the Romford-Brentwood Road, in the area now called Harold Hill. The
tenements appear to have been identical to two held in the earlier 13th
century by John of Weald: 3 1/2 virgates, later Dagenhams, and 1 virgate,
later Cockerels. These were large virgates, of about 120 a. each...
In 1772 Henry Muilman sold Dagenhams and Cockrels to (Sir) Richard Neave
(Bt.), a West India merchant. The manor descended with the baronetcy until
1948...[when] Sir Arundell Neave sold [the remaining 500 a. around Dagnam
Park] to the London county council for the building (1948-58) of the Harold
Hill housing estate...
Dagenhams was listed among important seats in 1594, and was depicted in
1663 as a gabled house, built round a courtyard, within a square moat. Sir
Henry Wright, Bt. (d. 1664), rebuilt it on a modest scale c. 1660. Pepys,
who visited Dagenhams in July 1665, said that it was the most noble and
pretty house, for its size, that he had ever seen. [You can read his diary
entries about his visits at
http://www.bibliomania.com/NonFiction/Pepys/Diary/chap07.html - use your
browser's Find function to search for Dagenhams.] It had 23 hearths in 1662
and 24 in 1670. Between 1732 and 1739 the house was altered and enlarged by
Edward Carteret. His additions included a private chapel. In 1771 Dagnams
has a central block of two storeys with attics, containing eleven bays.
That may have been the original house of c. 1660. It was flanked at each
end by five-bay wings, also of two storeys, but without attics, possibly the
additions made in the 1730s. Sir Richard Neave, Bt., who bought Dagnams in
1772, demolished the old house and built a brick house of three storeys.
The main front had nine bays, of which the central three bays were bowed.
During the Second World War Dagnam Park was occupied by the Army. It was
demolished in c. 1948."
You can see Dagnam Park in John Cary's map of 1786 on my site at:
(To view using the frames-based interface, request http://www.romford.org,
click 'Maps | John Cary' in the Contents pane, then click on the right-hand
side of the small map, just above half way down.)
Compare this with Dagnam Park on a modern map at:
The moat between Sedgefield Crescent and Settle Road is, according the the
Victoria History, the site of Cockerels House:
"Cockerels House was about 800 yd. south of Dagnams. In 1633 it was a
substantial gabled building, standing outside a moated site which was by
then an orchard. In the 19th century it became known as Dagnam Park Farm.
It was demolished c. 1948. The moat still survived in 1977."
This would place Dagnams roughly between the two wooded areas at the
top-middle/top-right of the modern map. The Victoria History states that:
"The pond immediately south of it still survived in 1976" - and you can see
a pond in this area on the modern map, which may perhaps be the one that is
mentioned. I would suspect that the track through Dagnam Park follows the
line of the original entrance from the north, which you can see on the Cary
Finally, there is a little about the Neave family of Dagnams on my "Romford
Now & Then" website under 'People' (alternatively, you can search the site
I hope that this is of interest.
Best Regards, Phil
- Yesterday lunchtime I sent a reply to Nicky's request for some
information about the history of Dagnams. It appeared on the eGroups
website, but I never received the email - I don't know if anyone else
has? If you've not yet received the message, and would like to read
it, you can do so at
Best Regards, Phil
- Phil wrote
> If you've not yet received the message, and would like to read it,I received the message normally (in digest mode) and was extremely pleased
> you can do so at http://www.egroups.com/message/RomfordHistory/748
to do so. I found it one of the most interesting contributions to the list.