Houghton Hall - West Front - No Entry - sign

This is Houghton Hall from the West Front.

 

Houghton Hall was the home of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister from 1721 to 1742.

 

Houghton was built between 1722 and 1735.

 

Views of Houghton Hall fron the West Front.

 

It is Grade I listed.

 

Houghton Hall - Heritage Gateway

 

Country House. 1722-1735 for Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of

Great Britain (1717-1742), in rivalry with his brother-in-law's Raynham.

Reputed to have been built largely from public funds, a "house of State and

Convenience" (Colen Campbell) for the "Houghton meeting" house-parties and

for Walpole's picture collection here 1742-1779. Design, published by Colen

Campbell in Vitruvius Britannicus III (1725), under discussion 1721, executed

by Walpole's protege in the King's Works, Thomas Ripley, modified by James

Gibbs, decorated by William Kent. Palladian with some Baroque references. Fine

Whitby stone ashlar, pantiled roofs. 3 storey 9 by 5 bay centre with 4 advanced

angle towers, single storey colonnaded wings, quadrant to west, dog-leg to

east. 2 storey 7 by 7 bay service wings with courtyards beyond. East front

has rusticated basement with plinth and first floor platband.

 

 

The West Steps were rebuilt in 1973 by Lady Sybil Cholmondeley as a memorial to her husband.

 

No Entry sign - I had just come down the steps after going around the house.

 

You can not go back up here.

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Taken on July 10, 2011