On the 30th June we celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the purchase of Copped Hall by the Copped Hall Trust. However, the very pubic campaign to save Copped Hall was actually started 30 years ago. It is extraordinary to note that the criteria we proposed for the future of Copped Hall at that time have been fulfilled – or are on the way to being fulfilled – in spite of overwhelming odds against that happening. For example, in 1990 Copped Hall and its Conservation Area were valued at £19 million, as a development site – probably double that value today.
The situation dramatically improved towards our objectives in 1992 when the Conservators of Epping Forest saved the parkland from development by purchasing its freehold. Later in 1992, we were offered the freehold of Copped Hall by the bank that had control over the site, and negotiations to acquire Copped Hall began. Our lenders were the Architectural Heritage Fund and Maria Bjornson. Our original proposed use for Copped Hall – education, culture and community – is now well established much to the satisfaction of all our supporters.