The present Capel Manor was built in the 1750s, supplementing another house built on the estate in the 1740s (since demolished), which in turn replaced an earlier manor house.
The estate was acquired by Enfield Council in 1968 and opened as an agricultural college. The house became the Institute of Horticulture and Field Studies in 1980, later becoming Capel Manor Horticultural and Environmental Centre. The original garden has been much overlaid and extended by the College, with a series of modern demonstration gardens to the east.
Further information on www.capel.ac.uk.