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The story

Moggerhanger Park is a Grade 1 listed Georgian Historic House set in 33 acres of parkland and woodland. It is recognised as the most complete surviving example of Soane's work set in stylish grounds and woodlands sculpted by Humphry Repton.

After extensive refurbishment Moggerhanger is now a prestigious venue for weddings, conferences, corporate events and Christian charitable activities. A number of popular public events take place in the house and park throughout the year.

Click to view our timeline outlining the life of the house and how it has evolved over the Centuries. 

HOUSE TOURS

March to October we have House Tours on Wednesday and Sunday, Please call to check availability. Visitors are asked to be ready in the Courtyard from 2.15pm and the Tours start at 2.30pm prompt and last about an hour.

Guided Tour Charges:

Adults - £5 each, 5-18 years - £3.50, Under 5 years - Free.
Students - £3.50 (on production of NUS Card)
Historic Houses Association (HHA) - No charge (on production of valid HHA card)
Carers - Free. This is for a person who has to accompany an individual who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the House eg wheelchair user, signer for a deaf person, a guide for a blind person, a carer for dementia or a mental health patient.

We also arrange Tours on an ad hoc basis to compliment other bookings in the House, please contact our Events and Conference Staff for further information.

 

Gardens

The Moggerhanger Estate was landscaped by Humphry Repton and records of this work exist in his Red Book for Moggerhanger (1792) and supplement (1798). The estate at that time consisted of more than 2000 acres.

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FRIENDS OF MOGGERHANGER

Moggerhanger Park staff, volunteers, friends and trustees are all part of the Moggerhanger Park family. There are numerous activities which you can get involved in ranging from becoming a tour guide, helping out on one off events such as the Opera and Shakespeare days in the summer to the now famous fireworks celebrations in November. If you are local you may also like to help in the running of the café or get into the exciting new opportunities in the newly restored gardens and parkland.

Friends

By becoming a Friend you are giving your support to the Trust to plan and oversee all restoration, maintenance and development.

Every penny will help Moggerhanger House and Park to be restored to its full glory. By contributing you are preserving this important piece of history for future generations. Your support will be rewarded with special benefits and invitations to exclusive events.

  • 25% discount on many events (see publicity for full details)
  • A programme of exclusive events
  • Preferential rates on room hire (excl weddings or corporate bookings)

The rates are:

  • Individual membership £30.00
  • Family membership £50.00

Join us today. Membership would make a perfect gift.
We look forward to welcoming you in the coming months.


THE CHARITY

Moggerhanger Park is owned by The Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust which is a charity for the preservation of the House and grounds. 

The first phase of restoration work involved the replacement of the roof, which had badly leaked with consequent damage to the internal fabric of the building. At about this time, the Trust obtained a £1.2 million grant from the Landfill Tax in order to buy back the walled gardens and woods, which formed part of the original estate, and in 1998, they obtained a £3.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the house and grounds. This grant enabled the next phase of work to begin: the re-rendering of the external walls and this was completed in 2000.The final - and most complicated phase in the House restoration - started in August 2002. This work saw the restoration of the interior of the building, and grew in complexity (and cost!) as it developed, mainly due to the fact that a number of fascinating historical discoveries were made during the restoration work. The house finally opened to the public in May 2005.

RESTORATION

The restoration of the Eating Room beams is the great story of 2012. The deflection of the beams not only jeopardized the beautiful ornate plasterwork of our most prestigious reception room but the structural integrity of the entire house.

We owe enormous thanks to English Heritage who funded the project and our contractors, architect, engineers, surveyors and Chair of Trustees Lady Isabelle Erroll for successfully steering through such an incredibly complex project.

The preparations from January to May were meticulous with a spider’s web of wall-to-wall suspended scaffolding and floor to ceiling supports from the cellar to the top of the house. Two steel girders threaded through the rear outside wall, between the beams on the second floor stretching across to the front outside wall. Two enormous 4m bolts (I didn’t have a chance to measure them) threaded vertically down through the roof, through the steel girders on the second floor and finally through the sagging beams on the first floor below. And then in June the drama of hydraulic jacks lifting sixteen tones of 18th Century John Soane country house was complete with a simple tightening of two cricket ball sized nuts to secure the straightened beams.

Many of the images shown here illustrate the variety of skills required by many of the builders, engineers, artisans and volunteers whose dedication has made the full restoration of the main house possible.

Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire: An Architectural and Social History from Earliest Times to the Present
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By Jeremy Musson and Jane Brown

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DONATIONS

Though the many events that take place at Moggerhanger contribute to the running costs, more money is aways needed for the fabric and upkeep as it is so special and requires skilful artisans to maintain it. Any help that you can give is essential and we look forward to welcoming you as a donor or a volunteer. Please click below to donate, any donations are gratefully received.

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Leaving a Legacy

Donors may also be thinking of remembering Moggerhanger in their will.
For further information about leaving a legacy, please contact the manager on 01767 642021

We accept donations at the house, by post or online.


 

THE COUNTESS OF ERROLL

Lady Erroll chairs the trustees of the Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust.