The group of dwellings consisted of estate cottages for workers at the magnificent mansion.
Audley End itself is an enormous Jacobean mansion which was built for Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, and completed in 1616. Although it was originally much larger than today, causing James I to comment that it was "too large for a king", it is nevertheless one of the very grandest of the stately homes of England.
The interiors are by Robert Adam, John Vanbrugh made additions and the grounds were landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown.
The site was originally Walden Abbey, given to Thomas Audley by Henry VIII after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
St. Mark`s College, dating from the 16th century, formerly served as almshouses.