Belhus Park - Thurrock (UA)

C18 landscape park laid out for Lord Dacre by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown between 1753 and 1763, incorporating C17 and early C18 elements with later additions by Richard Woods in 1770. The house was demolished in 1957 and the M25 motorway cuts through the eastern park, and surviving features including Brown’s shrubbery and Woods’ Long Pond are in very poor condition. The site is now divided amongst multiple public and private owners, supporting a golf course and other formal and informal recreational uses. The whole landscape requires a shared vision and strategy for improved management.

Belhus Park - Thurrock (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Belhus Park
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1000738
  • Local Planning Authority: Thurrock (UA)
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Landscape park


  • Unitary Authority: Thurrock (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Thurrock
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems
  • Vulnerability: High
  • Trend: Declining
  • Ownership: Mixed, multiple owners
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade II, 2 LBs

Contact Details

Christopher Laine 020 7973 3473

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England