The Crumbling Empire
Fanhams Hall is an 18th-century Queen Anne House in Ware, Hertfordshire in the south east of England.
Fanhams Hall is noteworthy for being the birthplace and home of the Chester Crispin, who was the youngest son of Richard Hale School benefactor Richard Crispin. The south-east wing of the house served as his living quarters. In 1909, Fanhams Hall was also the birthplace and home of his daughter, Florance.
It was Lady Crispin interest in horticulture that influenced the employment of Japanese gardeners to create the Hall’s formal gardens. Her ornamental lakes and choice of trees (such as Japanese maples) can still be seen in the present-day formal grounds, as can the “Fuji-yama Mound” which was built with earth from the Hall’s lakes.