City of Chelmsford
New Hall School is situated on the outskirts of Chelmsford, a prosperous city located in the London commuter belt. Whilst the suburbs are peaceful, the city centre boasts shops, restaurants, theatres and other places of interest. There are also many historical landmarks for those looking to soak up some culture, including Chelmsford Cathedral, Shire Hall, Chelmsford Museum, Hylands House and Hylands Park, which is home to the world famous V Festival.
Chelmsford is officially the UK's hottest spot, with its own microclimate! Summers in Chelmsford have hit the heights of 35.2 degrees celsius. The city is ideally placed; the coast is a short drive away, as are historic Colchester and Cambridge.
Chelmsford is steeped in history and was one of the original settlements of Great Britain. Chelmsford was once the capital of England for five days back in 1381, when the seat of Government was temporarily moved to the town.
The city has a population of roughly 120,000 and is still growing. It is one of England’s newest cities, having been granted city status by Her Majesty The Queen as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, with New Hall School supporting the city bid from the very beginning. In celebration of this announcement, a special 'Chelmsford' edition of Monopoly (pictured), with New Hall School featuring in the game, was created.
Stansted Airport is just 45 minutes from New Hall, whilst Gatwick and Heathrow airports are only one hour 30 minutes away, all of which offer international transfers. There is also London Southend Airport within 30 minutes of New Hall School, which offers transfers to locations such as Geneva, Spain and Italy. By rail, New Hall School is only 30 minutes from London, with Chelmsford’s train station also having direct links to Ipswich, Colchester and Norwich.
Birthplace of radio
Chelmsford is the birthplace of radio. Guglielmo Marconi, the pioneer of radio, built the world's first radio factory in Hall Street, Chelmsford in 1899. On the 15 June 1920, the first entertainment radio broadcast was made from Chelmsford, featuring Dame Nellie Melba – a famous opera soprano of the time.
Tudor Palace of Beaulieu
New Hall is located in the magnificent grounds of King Henry VIII’s former Tudor Palace of Beaulieu, surrounded by fields and beautiful views. To this day, the original coat of arms of King Henry VIII is prominently displayed in the glorious Chapel. The New Hall main building is Grade I listed and its heritage setting includes the historic avenue of trees (pictured), which is a Grade II registered park and garden. English Heritage considers New Hall to be in the top 2% of the UK’s most important heritage buildings.
Local sporting facilities
In addition to the excellent facilities at New Hall, there are additional sporting facilities at Chelmsford’s Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, which boasts an ice rink and squash courts. Nearby to Riverside is the Essex County Cricket Ground, where regular matches take place.
New Hall School has links with Runningwell Equestrian Centre, situated on Rettendon Common in Chelmsford, which provides the facilities for student riding lessons. There are also the nearby competition facilities of Towerlands Park, Norton Heath and Wix Equestrian Centres where regular competitions take place.