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Cedars Park is a historic public park originally the site of Theobalds Palace a Tudor palace, managed by the Borough of Broxbourne and located in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England.

Cedars Park
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Cedars Park is a public facility managed by the Borough of Broxbourne. This view was taken looking out towards the residences in Theobald's Lane.
TypeHistoric public park
LocationWaltham Cross, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Coordinates51°41′30″N 0°02′29″W / 51.69167°N 0.04139°W / 51.69167; -0.04139Coordinates: 51°41′30″N 0°02′29″W / 51.69167°N 0.04139°W / 51.69167; -0.04139
Area19 hectares
Operated byBorough of Broxbourne

The park covers 19 acres of parkland and includes a pond, play maze, bocce court, play mound, small licensed zoo ( cedars nature centre) , flint arch and historic walls and a cafe.

Cedars nature centre within the grounds of cedars park is the smallest licensed zoo in the U.K. For a small entry fee of £1 per child and £2 per adult visitors can visit the zoo and enjoy the numerous events throughout the day including stroking a skunk and feeding the meerkats .[1] The park received a Green Flag award in 2013.[2]



Cedars Park is the site of a 16th-century Royal Palace known as Theobalds Palace which was built between 1564 and 1585 by Sir William Cecil.[3] On his accession, James I persuaded William's son Sir Robert Cecil to exchange Theobalds Palace, the royal palace on the site of the present Cedars Park, for Hatfield House, so that it became a Royal Palace.[4] James I dramatically extended the park and buildings. As a Royal Palace, it was the scene of state occasions, from a masque by Ben Jonson to the raising of the Royal Standard by Charles I at the start of the Civil War.[5]James I died here in 1625.[3] Charles I rarely used Theobalds Palace and granted the estate to various nobles as an acknowledgement of their services until it was sold to the Prescott family in the late 1700s, when it underwent great changes.[4] In 1820, Theobalds including the new mansion The Cedars built by the Prescott family rented it out to Sir Henry Meux in 1820.[4] In 1921 The Cedars was given to the town of Cheshunt by Admiral of the Fleet the Hon. Sir Hedworth Meux and a public park was created, demolishing the house. Sir Hedworth Meux, formerly The Hon Hedworth Lambton, had been involved in the siege of Ladysmith and inherited The Cedars from Valerie, Lady Meux on condition that he change his surname to Meux.[4] The park was donated to the public in 1919 by Admiral of the Fleet the Hon. Sir Hedworth Meux. On 2 July 1921 Cedars Park was officially opened by the Earl of Cavan and Admiral Meux.[6]

Cedars Park contains several scheduled monuments,[7] as the site of a magnificent and influential Tudor house (now demolished) with extensive grounds, created by the leading architects, gardeners and craftsmen for Sir William Cecil, Elizabeth I chief minister, and becoming an occasional palace for Elizabeth I. Elements of the present park can be identified as probable parts of the original Tudor or Stuart gardens.[4]

Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund restoration projectEdit

In 2011, Broxbourne Council received a £1.89 million Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund grant to protect and improve Cedars Park, and conserve and promote its heritage.[8] This grant is partly conditional on receiving Community support for the project and the achievement of 700 volunteer days over three years. This is the equivalent of £35,000. To date, as part of the project, the park has undergone a variety of improvements, including the opening of a café and community meeting space in 2014.[9]

Green Flag awardEdit

The park has received a Green Flag award every year since 2009.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Cedars Park". Borough of Broxbournbe. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
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  4. ^ a b c d e Borough of Broxbourne. Cedars Park. Conservation Management Plan. April 2008
  5. ^ Borough of Broxbourne: Cedars Park. Conservation Management Plan. April 2008
  6. ^ Borough of Broxbourne. Cedars Park Conservation Management Plan. April 2008.
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2013-11-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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