Hall Barn

Hall Barn is a historic country house located in Beaconsfield, South Bucks district, in Buckinghamshire, England.

Hall Barn and boathouse from Country Life magazine, 1898
Hall Barn, around 1900


The Hall Barn estate was bought by Anne Waller in 1624. The house was built in the late-17th century by her son Edmund Waller, a poet and Member of Parliament at various times between 1624 and 1679. His grandson added the south wing. The estate was sold by his family in 1832 to Sir Gore Ouseley, 1st Baronet, who rebuilt the southern facade and was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire for 1835.

Edward Levy-Lawson, 1st Baron Burnham bought the estate in 1880 and made a number of renovations and improvements,[1] and the estate remains under the management of the Lawson family - Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham - in the early 21st century.[2][3]

There were royal visits to the estate, including from the Duke of Cambridge in November 1902.[4] The Princess Royal "took the salute" at Hall Barn in the 1940s at the Girl Guide County Rally.[5][6]

During the Second World War, the house was used as a hospital supplies unit. In November 1946, the Hall Barn Estate was reported in Tatler as being the "lovely home" and venue for the wedding reception for extended family and friends of the newly-wed daughter of the "charming" Lord and Lady Burnham.[7]

Hall Barn is listed Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England, and its landscaped park and gardens are also Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[8][9] The boathouse, the obelisk, and the "Temple of Venus" pavilion on the estate all date to the 18th century and are also listed as Grade II*.

Filming location

Hall Barn has been used as a filming location for various films and series.[10] In Gosford Park (2001) the opening sequence outside Lady Trentham's home was shot there, and the temple used as the scene for lunch after the shoot.[11][12] Midsomer Murders Season 7, Episode 4 (2004) "Sins of Commission", prominently features the black gatehouse to Hall Barn.[13] It featured in the series Downton Abbey as Loxley House, the home of Sir Anthony Strallan.[14] The location was also used in the 1981 Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire as the home of the composite character Lord Andrew Lindsay, who memorably practiced his hurdling skills on the lawn by perching filled champagne glasses on each hurdle to determine if he'd touched the hurdles or not on each jump. Hall Barn was also featured in the mini-series Sense and Sensibility (2008 miniseries), Call the Midwife (2012 season 1, episode 5) and used as the location for Delaford House. Black Beauty Film (1994)


  1. "Hall Barn". parksandgardens.org. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  2. "(The 6th) Lord Burnham (Hugh Lawson) - 5 January 2005 Obituary". UK Daily Telegraph - 5 January 2005. Retrieved 25 April 2016. The 6th Lord Burnham, who died on New Year's Day aged 73, was a seasoned veteran of the Fleet Street print wars before inheriting the peerage, which enabled him to become a Conservative whip in the House of Lords...general manager and deputy managing director of The Daily Telegraph in the 1970s and the 1980s......While taking on the management of the family shoot at Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, he continued to sail..
  3. "COUNTRY HOMES IN WARTIME...MARRIAGES..." 17 July 1940 - The Tatler London, England5 (and also) November 1948 - Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette London, England. Retrieved 25 July 2017. All the finished garments are sent to the Hon. Mrs. E. F. Lawson, at Hall Barn, Bcaconsfield, the depot for hospital supplies in South Bucks......The (1946) marriage took place of Miss Lawson, only daughter of Mr Lawson, of Hall Barn, ..
  4. "Court Circular". The Times (36927). London. 17 November 1902. p. 6.
  5. ""The Princess Royal To Be Guest At Hall Barn"". 15 June 1946 - Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Buckinghamshire, England. Retrieved 22 June 2017. Guides are to be honoured by a visit from H.R.H. The Princess Royal at their County Rally on Saturday, July 6th at Hall Barn, Beaconsfield...
  6. "Program - Buckinghamshire Girl Guides Association Rally, Beaconsfield, England, 6 July 1946". © MUSEUMS VICTORIA. Retrieved 1 August 2017. (Photo of) H.R.H. The Princess Royal, President (earlier occasin at Hall Barn, Beaconsfield) ....6 July 1946
  7. "A BUCKINGHAMSHIRE WEDDING: The Hon. Lucia Lawson and the Hon. Roger Marquis Married at (Barn Hall) Beaconsfield". Tatler - 27 November 1946. Retrieved 25 June 2017. ...estate people before the service, and after the ceremony Lord and Lady Burnham held a reception at their lovely home, Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, which is full of some of the loveliest furniture and works of art. Lord and Lady Burnham, who are always a charming...
  8. Historic England, "Hall Barn (1160418)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 November 2017
  9. Historic England, "Hall Barn (1000334)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 November 2017
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  11. "PeriodDramas.com". perioddramas.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  12. Julian Clinton. "Where Did They Film That?". wheredidtheyfilmthat.co.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  13. http://midsomermurders.org/beaconsfieldloc6.htm
  14. "Downton Abbey's Stunning Film Locations - Austenprose - A Jane Austen Blog". Austenprose - A Jane Austen Blog. Retrieved 17 September 2015.