Iron Age circular enclosure, Medieval moat.
Site first occupied by the Catuvellauni.
1 C Before: Abandoned.
1076 William, Bishop of London, died and William I granted his lands to William of Baud, and made him Lord of Hadham.
1076 c After: William, Lord of Hadham, built Hadham Hall on approximately 2 acres of land and surrounded by a moat.
11 C Site owned by William, Bishop of London.
1440 Thomas Baud rebuilt the Hall in brick.
15 C Late: The Baud family sold the Hall and its land.
1504 Purchased by William Capel.
1504 After: William Capel made alterations to the Hall including extending the gateway.
1515 William Capel died and his widow inherited the Hall.
1522 Margaret Capel, William’s widow, died and their son, Sir Giles Capel, inherited the Hall.
1572 Henry Capel lived at the Hall.
1578 Until: Henry Capel demolished the Hall and built an Elizabethan mansion on the site.
1578 Henry Capel entertained Elizabeth I in the new Hall.
1632 Arthur Capel inherited the Hall and he added a Banqueting Hall and Italian Garden.
1641 Charles I made Arthur Capel Baron of Hadham.
1668 Arthur’s son, Arthur lived at the Hall, but not for long. He left and it fell into disrepair.
1683 Arthur Capel died and the Hall was used as a farmhouse. The Banqueting Hall was demolished.
1698 The Capel family welcomed William III to the Hall.
1720 The remaining part of the Hall was refurbished.
1900 George Devereux de Vere Capel, 8th earl of Essex, sold the Hall and its land to William Minet, who set about restoring it.
1948 The Minet family sold the Hall to Hertfordshire County Council and they turned it into a school.
1952 The school opened.
1990 20th July: The school closed.
1992 Excavated. Roman features found on the site.
1994 The site was evaluated before units were built.
1994 Excavated by Hertfordshire Archaeological Trust.
20 C All that remained of the building of Thomas Baud is part of the eastern side of the gatehouse, a barn and sections of a cottage.
20 C Until: The Hall was leased out.