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Blickling Hall

This is Blickling Hall in Norfolk - a National Trust property dating to the early 17th century.


Blickling Hall is a Grade I listed building.


Country house. Built c.1619-27 for Sir Henry Hobart, Lord Chief Justice,

to the designs of the surveyor Robert Lyminge. Remodelling 1765-85 by Thomas

and William Ivory of Norwich. Red brick with stone and stucco dressings;

roofs plain tiled and pantiled with lead domes to corner turrets. 2½, 3 and

4 storeys, originally a double- courtyard plan, entered from the south and

open to the north. South front of seven bays, the outer bays occupied by

square corner turrets with ogee lead-covered domes. Bays 2, 4 and 6 are three

storeys high with shaped gables to attics and canted 2-storey bay windows

with pierced parapets. Strapwork pediments to upper windows. Windows

generally ovolo-moulded mullion and transom with leaded glazing and iron

casements. Two transoms to first floor windows, lighting the principal rooms;

windows set slightly advanced and with embellished heads of strapwork,

balustrading or pediments. Frieze band with triglyphs and guttae above ground

floor window heads. Central entrance approached via a stone bridge over the

former moat: pierced stone parapet with square piers surmounted by Hobart

bulls supporting shields. Two brick arches with stone dressings below. Oak

entrance screen with raised and fielded panels, six to the doors and six

in the screen panels. Three lintol panels above dated 1620. Semicircular

fanlight with pierced wood and iron screen. Doorway flanked by two Doric

columns supporting frieze of bulls' heads, central keystone with figure

carving. Spandrels carved with female figures holding wreaths. Entablature

with heraldry above. Central first floor window of 12 lights flanked by Ionic

pilasters with blocking; figures of Justice and Truth on balustrade above.

Moulded coping to parapet and gables with figures on keyblocks at gable

peaks. Central clock tower a reconstruction by John Adey Repton c.1830:

stuccoed and colourwashed. Lower stage has pedimented windows between

pilasters with block decoration supporting a decorated frieze; clock stage

has tapering Ionic pilasters and strapwork embellishment to clock face and

window openings. Octagonal opensided lantern with lead covered ogee dome

and finial with weather vane. Two large symmetrically-placed chimney stacks

each with 8 octagonal shafts with star tops and moulded bases. At south-east

and south-west corners, C19 arcaded screens link to service ranges (q.v.).

East facade has 9 bays between corner turrets; rainwater heads dated 1620.

Projecting bay windows in bays 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, canted in bays 1, 3 and 5.

Stone ovolo-moulded mullion and transom windows with leaded glazing; some

iron lattice frames. Above the bays, shaped attic gables with 3-light windows.

Continuous band above ground floor window heads decorated with triglyphs.

Corner turrets have pedimented and embellished doorways with semi-

circular-arched heads, those on the east front have blocked pilasters and

entablatures with arms. Eaves parapet with stone coping; gable peaks have

keyblocks and figure finials. North front remodelled by William Ivory c.1779:

the corner turrets and the left-hand shaped gable survive from the original

build. Centre three bays slightly advanced with mullion and transom windows

projecting from wall face under pediments. Frieze of triglyphs continues

above ground floor window heads. Stone eaves cornice with balustrade.

Flanking bays with shaped gables have 2-storey square projections with large

5-light windows and pierced stone parapets; two transoms to first floor windows

as elsewhere. West facade dated 1769, rebuilt by Thomas and William Ivory.

13 bays, 1 and 13 being the square corner turrets. Bays 4, 7, 10 have shaped

gables to attic storey with eaves parapet, coping and finials as on east

facade. Windows generally ovolo-moulded 2 and 3 light casements with leaded

glazing, some first floor windows reglazed. Transoms and pediments to first

floor windows. All windows set slightly forward of wall face. The centre

entrance bay is embellished: the first floor window has a strapwork pediment,

below the window a panel commemorating the bequest of Mary Ann, Countess of

Buckinghamshire, towards the erection of the facade, 1769. Attic window on

scrolled base with finials. Interior: very fine and elaborate interiors,

fully described in the National Trust guide book. Original staircase extended

and reconstructed 1767 by Thomas Ivory in the new position: elaborately-carved

newels with figure-finials on pedestals; square, tapering balusters with Ionic

caps and arcading below handrail; strapwork between baluster feet. Building

in care of the National Trust. (Pevsner The Buildings of England - North-east

Norfolk and Norwich 1962, Christopher Hussey Country Life June 7, 21, 28 1930,

Blickling Hall The National Trust 1985.)


Blickling Hall - Heritage Gateway

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Taken on April 21, 2010