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For the building in Barrow upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, see Down Hall, Barrow upon Humber. Down Hall Location within Essex General information Architectural style Elizabethan mansion Location Hatfield Heath Town or city Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire Country United Kingdom Coordinates 51°47′45″N 0°12′24″E / 51.7957°N 0.2066°E / 51.7957; 0.2066 Completed 1873 Design and construction Client Henry Selwin-Ibbetson, 1st Baron Rookwood Architect Frederick Pepys Cockerell Down Hall is a Victorian country house and estate near Hatfield Heath in the English county of Essex,[1][2] close to its border with Hertfordshire. Contents 1 History 1.1 Selwin family 1.2 World War I 1.3 Modern history 2 References 3 External links History The first Down Hall was a Tudor house, once owned by poet Matthew Prior.[3] Prior was acquainted with landscaper Charles Bridgeman, who he commissioned to landscape the estate's gardens. After Prior's death in 1721 (just one year after buying the property), the house was passed to his friend Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, who undertook further rebuilding. Twenty years later, and with the house still unfinished, Harley died. Selwin family Upon Harley's death in 1741, the house was purchased by William for £4500.[3] The estate remained in the Selwin family[4] until 1902, where – on the death of Henry Selwin-Ibbetson, 1st Baron Rookwood (who had commissioned its full rebuilding in the late 1860s) – the Selwin and Ibbetson lineage died out. World War I During the First World War, the house was used as a sanatorium for wounded soldiers.[3] The estate was affected by the post-World War I recession, and was subsequently sold at auction. Modern history Following its sale, the house was used as a school (Downham School, 1932–c.1967) and an antiques business and conference centre (1967–1986). In 1986, the estate was purchased by the Veladail Group, who have operated the site as a four star hotel, conference centre and wedding venue since.[5] British television personality Jade Goody wed her partner Jack Tweed at Down Hall on 22 February 2009.[1][2] Down Hall is surrounded by 110 acres (0.45 km2) of woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens, some of which is protected by the Essex Wildlife Trust. References ^ a b Walker, Peter (2009-02-22). "Jade Goody wedding takes place behind security cordon". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/feb/22/jade-goody-wedding. Retrieved 2009-02-22.  ^ a b Castle, Tim (2009-02-22). "Dying British reality TV star prepares to wed". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSTRE51J38N20090222. Retrieved 2009-02-22.  ^ a b c "History of Down Hall". Down Hall. 2008. http://www.downhall.co.uk/history/. Retrieved 2009-02-22.  ^ The house passed by marriage to the son of Lady Jane Selwin Ibbetson in 1816, who thereupon changed his name from Charles Ibbetson to Charles Selwin. But he owned Down Hall for only nine years when in 1825 he inherited the Ibbetson family title and removed to the family's Yorkshire seat, leaving his youngest brother John Thomas to inherit the Hall. In subsequent years the family styled itself Ibbetson-Selwin.[1][2] ^ "UK portfolio". Veladail Hotels. 2009. http://www.veladailhotels.co.uk/. Retrieved 2009-02-22.  External links Official website Essex Wildlife Trust website