A little light history!

Ancient ruins on Brentwood High Street

The first church building dedicated to St. thomas in Brentwood, built around 1221


With Brentwood having been firmly put on the map in recent years, it’s no surprise there are more and more discoveries about our beloved town being made all the time. With such history and so much background, Brentwood Essex has shown itself to be steeped in depth and background stories. Though nowhere so much so, as the prestigious Mary Green Manor Hotel.
Previously known as the Moat house, Mary Green Manor Hotel began its humble beginnings back in the 13th Century. Situated along the London Road, near the Brook Street Roundabout, it boasts not only proven historical links, such as its mentions within the great politician and naval administrator, Samuel Pepys diaries, but also royal connections. It was during the Roper Family’s duration at Mary Green Manor, or as Henry Roper liked to call it, ‘The Place’ that these royal connections were made. Having been a servant to the ‘right high and excellent princess’ the beautiful and fair Catherine of Aragon, Henry Roper became quite fond of ‘his princess’, so much so that it was during her second partnership with Henry VIII that herself and her King were supposedly regular visitors to the charming rural setting as it was then. This eventually giving Henry Roper the name Gentleman, Pursuivant to Queen Catherine of Aragon, not too shabby a nickname I’m sure you’ll agree.
It was too during the reign of Henry VIII that a different family began living in ‘The Place’, these being the Wright’s. Rich and well known throughout, they owned land all over Essex, and it was Robert Wright, who lived here with his wife Marygrene. Doubtful a connection to our current Essex Boy celebrity, TOWIE’s Mark Wright, yet quite the powerful figure of his time all the same, the Wright’s resided here for the best part of two hundred years, and it was during this residency that ‘The Place’ finally got its name that we know and love today, MaryGreen Manor, after Robert’s aforementioned bride.
It’s been recorded that Robert Wright, due to his ever increasing wealth made many different modifications and improvements on the house, and the house, as it stood in 1580 is essentially the skeleton and core of the house we see today. Sadly it was during the 17th century that a so called ‘rain of plaster fell across Essex’ and the beautiful timber frames were covered. It wasn’t for nearly three hundred years that they were finally exposed once and for all, when the army took residence and restored it back to its former glory. Thus exposing the beautiful timber frames.
In 1836, evolution of our transport system, namely the railway network, led to a huge amount of land belonging to Marygreen Manor being taken over by tracks laid down for the ‘iron horses’ as they were more often known. By the 1960’s due to a rapid growth in housing development, it eventually became completely enclosed. A far cry from the farming land it once was, though luckily for us, it was during this particular decade that it first became a hotel, aptly named the Brentwood Moat House. However, it wasn’t until 1994, under the new ownership of Paul and Ann Pearson, where it was named back to Marygreen and became the Marygreen Manor Hotel.
Renowned for its picturesque scenery when playing host to weddings throughout the year, along with its beautiful apartments and rooms, The Marygreen Manor Hotel Essex remains one of the most prominent landmarks within Brentwood Essex today. So join us at this splendid Brentwood Hotel for a delightful Afternoon tea or for one of our many other events and drift back in time amongst the original Tudor features.

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