Havering atte Bower
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Round House. This is east of the church and Green. An oval building of , c.1800 was owned by a tea merchant and modelled on a tea caddy. Owned by Pemberton, a rose grower, Alexandra Rose. Built c. 1792 for William Sheldon, restored 1980-1. Attributed to John of St Mary Paddington. The house is on a mound, which conceals the service basement and an encircling outer passage lit by gratings in its vault. This can be reached by a tunnel which starts close to the dairy
Dairy, a tiny building with a room on the ground floor and the one on the first floor which fill a half circle. all the subdivisions are original to the central stair, with slim straight banisters, which winds to the top floor through a roof-lit oval drum with the chimnies and is concentric with the outer further stair. French panoramic wallpaper of c. 1820 is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The basement stair forms a separate lobby but in 1930 was relocated.
The Thatch, Single storey thatched cottage
Palace in the Middle Ages. Used by medieval kings and called the Bower or Pyrgo. The Royal Liberty of Havering, which existed from the Middle Ages is roughly coterminous with the modern borough, and took its name from the palace, or royal hunting lodge here which was west of the present church. It was used as a royal residence from the 12th to the time of Henry VIII. Nothing remains. In the 13th Henry III embellished the chapel and the queen's lodgings. It was the official house of the English Queens and a dower house for the queen mother from 1273, and subsequently until Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour. The infant Prince Edward had a household here in 1538; Elizabeth I and James I visited several times, but by the early 17th the palace was runinous. The buildings are shown on a map of 1578, as an irregular straggle with prominent buttressing, which suggests 13th and 14th structures. In the early 19th nothing remained apart from a building in use as the parish church.
There is some story that the name comes from Edward the Confessor who was asked for alms by a beggar and instead said ‘have a ring’. Then the beggar gave the ring to some pilgrims telling them to tell the king he would die within six months – and he did. The ring is on the borough coat of arms. Thought the name comes from a landowner called Haefer.
Stocks. A rarity in Essex and a whipping post. Restored 1966.
Cottages and forge: group of weatherboarded cottages the eastern one with one-storey forge attached.
Garage of several dates, partly 18th, : front range with the parapet and early 19th window at the steep-roofed range behind, perhaps earlier.
Rose Cottage, timber-framed weatherboarded cottage its subsisting timbers suggest a possibly early 18th date.
Ivy Hollows 19th .
Dame Tipping School, with informative plaques: founded 1837, rebuilt again 1891. The Tudor schoolhouse 1837:
St.John the Evangelist, 1875/8 This 19th church replaced a simple building with thatched nave, reputedly on the site of one of the chapels of the Royal Palace. Early work by Basil Champneys..
Church Hall. Two buildings now linked. One’ of 1902, given by the Pemberton family. Windows with wooden mullions and arched Stonework