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Hall Place (Bexley)

Hall Place is a fine Grade 1 listed house at Bexley, in Greater London on the edge of Kent.

The house was originally built in flint for the wealthy merchant Sir John Champneys, former Lord Mayor of London, in 1537. It contains a Tudor Great Hall and minstrels` gallery.

In the 17th century, Sir Robert Austin made exensive additions in brick, including a vaulted Long Gallery and a Drawing Room with outstanding plaster ceiling.

The house stands in its own estate of 65 hectares, through which runs the little River Cray.

There are award winning gardens with amazing topiary, a nursery with plants for sale and a sub-tropical glasshouse where bananas can be seen ripening in mid Winter.

The house is now used as a museum and the gardens as a very popular park.

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