History of Cedars Park

and Theobalds Palace

The grounds of Cedars Park are of great historical and national interest as they formerly held the significant royal estate of Theobalds, which was used on occasion by Queen Elizabeth I, then by James I on his travels to London. The King loved it so much that he gave up Hatfield House so that he could live here. England was run right from these grounds for much of the Jacobean period, since the country was an absolute monarchy at the time. From what we know, Theobalds in its heyday could easily have been the most elaborate and renowned estate in the country.

The palace was largely destroyed during the English Civil War, as many of the rooves contained valuable lead, which was sold to support the troops. After acquisition by the Meux brewing family, Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux signed a covenant in 1919 that bestowed the grounds as a public park for the people of Cheshunt to enjoy, which was officially opened on 2 July 1921, named "The Cedars".

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