welcome to the website dedicated to the restoration of broomfield house and park
Many of us have fond memories of times spent at Broomfield House in the past. We recall the museum exhibits, the Lanscroon murals, and enjoying tea with our friends at the café. Sadly, others have only seen the House enclosed in scaffolding, as it has remained since it was badly damaged by fires over 20 years ago.
Help bring Minerva to life!!
Broomfield House is a beautiful Grade II* listed 16th century building, the centrepiece of Broomfield Park in Palmers Green. It was badly damaged by fire some 20 years ago. It remains held up by scaffolding and awaits restoration. This is now a matter of urgency.
Some of the most notable historical features of the house include the Baroque murals painted by the Flemish artist Gerard Lanscroon in 1726. Lanscroon was one of the leading mural painters in his time. He also worked on murals at Windsor Palace, Hampton Court, Powis Castle and at Arnos Grove.
The murals were salvaged and are now stored in pieces. The Broomfield House Trust wishes to fund a restoration of parts of the murals and mount an exhibition at the Dugdale Centre in 2018, where visitors will enjoy a glimpse of these beautiful works of art and learn more about the history of Broomfield House and the Park.
We hope the exhibition will help to ignite further interest in Broomfield House and our aim of raising funds to restore it as a heritage and learning centre for the community.
WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN DO THIS!!
broomfield house film
Christine Lalla has made a beautiful film intended to support our plans to rebuild and reopen Broomfield House to the public.
She interviewed a number of local residents to record their memories of the House and Park, and courtesy of Jan Metcalfe of the Library and Museum Service, was able to film some of the stored artefacts which were once the pride of the displays in Broomfield House.
Also featured are aspects of the Conservatory, the Orchard and various other parts of the park.
The Broomfield House Trust’s aim is to restore Broomfield House, maximising community access, so that it could be enjoyed as a heritage and learning centre, a place which schools can use to bring history alive, and a venue to display artworks and other collections. It would offer a café, meeting rooms and events, serving as a much needed social hub in this beautiful park. The House could also serve as a focus for conferences and events and be fully accessible to local residents, visitors and heritage tourists.
However, finding the substantial investment required to restore Broomfield House in the current economic climate is not an easy task. Sadly, the joint Working Group-
Undaunted, Enfield Council, together with members of The Broomfield House Trust and the Friends of Broomfield Park are pursuing another proposal to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Heritage Enterprise Grant which would cover a large portion of the costs necessary to restore the House and, for the first time, the associated Stableyard. We are being encouraged in this by the HLF and Historic England.
In the much longer term we would like to seek development funds for the surrounding park, perhaps to include renovation of the (rare) Baroque water garden.
Please look around this site and get in touch if you are able to help or if you’d like us to keep you informed of developments.