The original building on this site was named "Park Lodge" by Henry VIII and was built as the great Hunting Lodge in East Wood, allegedly for the specific purpose of entertaining Anne Boleyn.
The first private person to own the property was Edward Berrye JP who participated in the rounding up of heretics, one of whom was burned at the stake in Rayleigh High Street.
Other owners included the manager of Barclays Bank Southend, an executive of Brooke Bond Oxo, and for a short while in the 1960's it was a hotel named Barnabys.
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