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Southend Museums Service is part of the Culture Section of the Place Department, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Southchurch Hall is Grade I Listed Medieval moated house located in the Southchurch district of Southend-on-Sea.


The Hall was home to farming families until the 1920s. In 1930 it was extensively restored and presented to the town of Southend by the Dowsett Family. The Hall has been listed in Jenkins' top 1000 houses in England.


The current hall was built c.1321 – 1364, and has a Tudor and a 1930s extension. The Great Hall is still presented in its 14th Century form. At this time, the Great Hall would have had a central fireplace and original smoke-blackened timbers can still be seen in the roof (although much of the roof was replaced in the 1930s restoration). At the end of the Great Hall is the cross-wing, housing the North and South Solars. These rooms reflect changing fashions for more intimate rooms; the South Solar is a late 16th or early 17th Century extension.

The hall probably stands on the site of a much earlier Saxon hall. The land on which it stands was given to the monks of Canterbury in 823AD and the tenants of the hall subsequently inherited the family name "de Southchurch". This custom survived until the death of Peter de Southchurch in 1309.

Getting Here


Southchurch Hall Gardens

Park Lane





Telephone: 01702 467671

Email: museums@southend.gov.uk

Visitor Information

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed


Friday: Closed

Saturday: 11:00-15:00

Sunday: 11:00-15:00

(closed for lunch 12:30-13:00)

If you are planning to visit between 13:00 - 14:00 please call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Opening Times

Refreshments are available in the exhibition room at the Hall. Visitors can enjoy a freshly ground Fairtrade coffee, premium hot chocolate and speciality teas - from our self-service drinks machine. A range cold beverages and biscuits are available.

The souvenir gift shop stocks a small range of gifts and toys. 

Gift Shop and Refreshments

There is very restricted access throughout Southchurch Hall.

The Ground Floor Main Hall, Kitchen, and Solar Rooms are accessible via the rear entrance.  There is no bell on the rear entrance - to access please send a companion to the front entrance to request assistance or call 01702 467671.

The front entrance - leading to the refreshment and shop area and toilets - has one step and no ramp.  There is no disabled toilet facility.

There is no dedicated parking for the Hall, but there is free street parking along Park Lane. It is recommended that you enter the Gardens via the Southchurch Hall Close entrance (off Park Lane) and cross the footbridge to reach the Hall's rear entrance.

Southchurch Hall Accessibility

Celebrate your wedding in the beautiful surroundings of Southchurch Hall.

Weddings at

Southchurch Hall

There's lots of great events all year round, exploring the history of this iconic building.

What's on at

Southchurch Hall 

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