welcome to the website dedicated to the restoration of broomfield house and park
Broomfield House is a beautiful Grade II* listed 16th century building, the centrepiece of Broomfield Park in Palmers Green. It was badly damaged by fire some 20 years ago. It remains held up by scaffolding and awaits restoration. Finding a way to fund rebuilding and restoring the House is now a matter of urgency.
The Broomfield House Trust’s aim is to restore Broomfield House, maximising community access to it and the stableyard, , so that it could be enjoyed as a heritage and learning centre, a place which schools can use to bring history alive, and a venue to display artworks and other collections. It would offer a café, meeting rooms and events, serving as a much needed social hub in this beautiful park. The House could also serve as a focus for conferences and events and be fully accessible to local residents, visitors and heritage tourists. In the much longer term we would like to seek development funds for the surrounding park, perhaps to include renovation of the (rare) Baroque water garden
However, finding the substantial investment required to restore Broomfield House in the current economic climate is not an easy task. Sadly, the joint Working Group-
Undaunted, Enfield Council, and the Trust have continued to seek ways of funding restoration and rebuilding.
Please look around this site and get in touch if you are able to help or if you’d like us to keep you informed of developments.
broomfield house film
Christine Lalla has made a beautiful film intended to support our plans to rebuild and reopen Broomfield House to the public.
She interviewed a number of local residents to record their memories of the House and Park, and courtesy of Jan Metcalfe of the Library and Museum Service, was able to film some of the stored artefacts which were once the pride of the displays in Broomfield House.
Also featured are aspects of the Conservatory, the Orchard and various other parts of the park.
You helped bring Minerva to life!!
One of the most notable historical features of the house are the Baroque murals painted by the Flemish artist Gerard Lanscroon in 1726. Lanscroon was one of the leading mural painters in his time. He also worked on murals at Windsor Palace, Hampton Court, Powis Castle and at Arnos Grove.
After a second fire the murals were cut out in sections and put in to store. With the aid of voluntary contributions and a grant from the Enfield Society, the Trust has had the Minerva panel restored. It was the centrepiece of the joint Museum of Enfield and Trust exhibition at the Dugdale Centre "Hidden Treasure: Revealing Broomfield House and Park". The restored panel will be installed on permanent display in the Dugdale Centre.
A short film shows the amazing result the restorers achieved and how they did it! See the News Archive page for more (scroll down to the January 2019 item).
Although this has been achieved, we would still be grateful for contributions to help us continue our work.
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