The Architecture of Wanstead House

In 2018 Ray Weekes completed a degree in Art History at Birkbeck.

As his primary interest is architecture and as he lives in Wanstead, he wrote his dissertation on the architecture of Wanstead House. This was well received and won a prize.

We are delighted that, to make his findings available to a wider audience, Mr Weekes produced a summary of his research in a more accessible form and kindly offered it to the Friends for publication.

The result is the linked series of four articles -

Part 1 - Origins
Part 2 - Architectural features
Part 3 – Design Sources
Part 4 – Interior and Influences

The visit of Count Ferenc Széchényi to Wanstead Park

Portrait of Ferenc Széchényi by Johann Ender: Hungarian National Museum

Count Ferenc Széchényi of Sárvár-Felsővidék (1754 –1820) is a well-known figure in Hungary. As well as being founder of the Hungarian National Library and National Museum, he was father of the reformer and nationalist hero Count István Széchenyi, often called "the Greatest Hungarian".

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Exhibition: The Temple Over Time


Epping Forest's Steve Denford has curated an exhibition which is on display at The Temple until 27 September. The Temple over Time explores the building's different uses since it was built around 1760 by John, 2nd Earl Tylney of Castlemaine.

Epping Forest has kindly agreed to the Friends posting the content of the exhibition online.