The History of High Leigh

June 2016

 
The History of High Leigh

With its beautiful Victorian façade, extensive parkland and landscaped gardens, High Leigh would look right at home in any TV period drama. This tranquil and spacious setting is one of the things that makes High Leigh so popular, giving all of the delegates who attend events at the centre plenty of space to relax, unwind and reflect on everything they’ve learned during the day.

Originally built in 1853, High Leigh was bought by successful banker and committed Christian Robert Barclay in 1871. Barclay lived in the Hoddesdon house, located just outside of London, until his death in 1921, when the property was sold to First Conference Estate, a company for which Barclay was a director.

High Leigh fountain and gardens

High Leigh’s main claim to fame is its garden. Covering 40 acres of some of Hertfordshire’s most beautiful countryside, the parkland is dotted with formal areas, woodland, lawns and ponds. Some of the house’s most prominent outdoor features were created by the Pulhams, a famous family of landscape gardeners who owned Pulham Manufactory in Broxbourne. The manufactory was located just over a mile away from High Leigh, so it’s likely that the Pulham’s themselves will have worked on the design and installation of many of the pieces in the property’s garden.

Delegates staying at High Leigh can take the time to discover the fountain, rockery and cave, the sunken pump house and the rock arch that leads people back towards the house from the wooded part of the gardens which are still there today.

High Leigh building and gardens

Since it was first built in the mid 19th century, High Leigh has had a strong connection with Christian groups and organisations, making it a fitting addition to our network of high quality conference venues. Able to host up to 220 delegates on both a day and residential basis, the centre is flexible enough to cater to groups and events of all sizes.

With over 90 years of experience as a specialist conference venue, the team at High Leigh work hard to accommodate all of the groups that use the site and to ensure all of their needs are met for the duration of their stay. And with some groups returning to the site for over 50 years and over 500 conferences and events held at High Leigh every year, it looks like all of our hard work is really paying off.

If you’re interested in holding an event at High Leigh or any of our other conference venues, have a look around our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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