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Tour historic hall
Lopping Hall is celebrating its heritage over the weekend with a free event giving the public the chance to tour the historic building.
The people of Loughton were given the hall in order to compensate for the removal of their rights to lop wood in Epping Forest.
Between 11th November and 23rd April the parishioners of Loughton were given the right to lop trees for fuel in the mid-19th century.
In 1878 the London City Corporation took over the ownership of the forest and they compensated the local people for their loss of traditional lopping rights with £7,000, which was used to build the hall.
In May 1882, Queen Victoria planted a tree in front of the King’s Oak and dedicated the forest as an open space “for the enjoyment of the people forever.”
Jean Cooper, the current secretary for the hall, said: “People speak to me about the hall and when they hear about the history they know there is a special feel to it.”
“Historically and for the people of Loughton, it is very important for people to know about the hall and the history that it has.”
“It’s also very important now as there are many people using the hall.”
“I’ve been using the hall for the last twenty years as part of the Loughton amateur dramatic society, it has always been used for drama events and the society has been using it since 1924.”
The free events will run from 11am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.