Brent Hall from the South, Finchingfield

Brent Hall from the South, Finchingfield

Brent Hall near Finchingfield achieved a modicum of fame during the Civil War as the home of Edward Benlowes, a poet who lent his support to the Royalist cause. The house burned down in his lifetime, and the building depicted in this watercolour is a reconstruction. Kenneth Rowntree's watercolours of Essex for the Recording Britain scheme focussed almost exclusively on churchs and chapels; this is the only secular subject he depicted in his pictures of the county.