The Clubhouse is something distinctly out of the ordinary. Among local buildings only the Parish Church is older. The Manor of Upminster Hall was one of the 17 manors which King Harold II gave to Waltham Abbey, and the Abbots used it as a summer retreat where they practised other sports than that now associated with it, with special emphasis on hunting and fishing.
When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries he granted the Hall to Thomas Cromwell, as a reward for making the suggestion to Henry that by making himself Head of the Church of England he could smooth the way to divorce Catherine of Aragon. Cromwell held high offices such as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Master of the Rolls and Lord Privy Seal. He was loaded with lands and riches – but then lost his head for alleged high treason!
After that the Hall was occupied by the Latham family, the Dowager Viscountess Campden, Henry Noel the Earl of Gainsborough and members of the Branfil family. The last private owner was Major Godfrey Pike. The Hall has undergone many changes during its long history. The central hall dates from the time of Henry VI. The beautiful staircase and gallery was built in the reign of Charles I.
This gracious timbered manor house with its mullioned bay windows was altered and enlarged in 1937, but everything possible was done to preserve its unique character and it has lost little of its charm. It has since been further enhanced and has all modern comforts.