|Über uns||Manor House and other restored buildings that were once part of a working farm established in Tudor times. Now a heritage site in Purfleet, Essex, UK. Part of High House Production Park, together with the Royal Opera House Thurrock.|
High House is the collective name for a group of historic buildings in Purfleet, Thurrock, Essex, which was used as a farm for hundreds of years, with a Grade II listed house and barn, but with the addition of one of the best dovecotes (dove houses) in Southern England, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and notable for its nest box array. This property includes the house, coachman's cottage, chaise house, stable, granary, barn, workshop, cart sheds, and inner and outer walled gardens. Known by many names in its past, the farm was at one time called Le Vineyards, because grape vines were grown on one of its south facing slopes. Its current name comes from the fact that it is a house 'High' on the hill, which commands great views over the River Thames. This view currently includes the Queen Elizabeth the Second Bridge. This page is run by a Community Group who hold monthly meetings; promote the heritage and history of High House through a regular presence on site, hold community events and maintain displays on the history of the site in a small museum known as our heritage "hut".
The site is now incorporated with High House Production Park which includes the Royal Opera House Thurrock, a Costume Centre, The Backstage Centre housing a National Skills Academy and part of South East Essex University, an Education Office, a Music Centre and High House Barns Conference and Wedding Venue. Tours of the Royal Opera House Thurrock section can be booked through their website:-
These are usually on each Friday in school term times. Members of the Community Group also try to be available to answer questions about High House and its history.