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Aveley - Belhus, the home of the Barrett Lennards

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Belhus Mansion

Belhus was a fine example of a gentleman's country seat. This painting is from 1710 before the grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown and the mansion influenced by the gothic style. It was for many years the home of the Barrett Lennard family. It was demolished in the 1960s and the ruins can be seen on a golf course that was built on part of the park. Parts of the original interior can be seen at Thurrock museum and others at Valence House, Dagenham. Some recently rediscovered heraldic glass is described in Panorama 36.

Origin of the name Belhus