Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall is situated in North Norfolk and one of the most extraordinary grand country estates I have ever seen – opulent, lavish, elegant, and with an amazing walled garden.

Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall, North Norfolk

Houghton Hall for built for Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of the UK, between 1722-37. Four architects were involved: ‘..Colen Campbell, who drew up the original plans; William Kent, who was responsible for the design of the interiors; James Gibbs, who is believed to have designed its distinctive cupolas, and Thomas Ripley, who supervised much of the work..’.

Sir Robert Walpole (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Retuched_Painting_of_Robert_Walpole.jpg)

Sir Robert Walpole (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Retuched_Painting_of_Robert_Walpole.jpg)

Houghton Hall original design (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_Hall#/media/File:Houghton_Hall.jpg)

Houghton Hall original design (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_Hall#/media/File:Houghton_Hall.jpg)

The State Rooms have been described as ‘exuberant’, and are the most opulent and lavish I have ever seen.

Houghton Hall (Houghton Hall (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Houghton-Revisited-Masterpieces-Catherine-Hermitage/dp/1907533508))

Houghton Hall (Houghton Hall (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Houghton-Revisited-Masterpieces-Catherine-Hermitage/dp/1907533508))

Houghton Hall (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Houghton-Revisited-Masterpieces-Catherine-Hermitage/dp/1907533508)

Houghton Hall (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Houghton-Revisited-Masterpieces-Catherine-Hermitage/dp/1907533508)

Houghton Hall Library (http://artkurio.com/2013/07/20/discovering-british-history-tour-of-the-grand-houghton-hall/#jp-carousel-6621)

Houghton Hall Library (http://artkurio.com/2013/07/20/discovering-british-history-tour-of-the-grand-houghton-hall/#jp-carousel-6621)

The Stable Block was built on a grand scale to accommodate c.80 horses between 1733-35.

The Stable Block at Houghton Hall

The Stable Block at Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall is surrounded by 1,000 acres of land – farms, deer park, and park lands which were redesigned in the 18C by Thomas BridgemanThe Mediaeval Church remains within the grounds, but the village was moved outside the gates during the redesign.

The ha-ha at Houghton Hall

The ha-ha at Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall

Looking down the Avenue at Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall

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The Guardians of Houghton Hall

 

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