Norfolk: Oxburgh Hall

Set in Norfolk in beautiful surroundings now owned by the National Trust stands Oxburgh Hall. As you enter through the gatehouse, over the bridge where beneath lies tranquil waters you step back in time to 1482 when Sir Edmund Bedingfield built Oxburgh Hall in the middle of the Wars of the Roses. He built a moat surrounding the Hall, this was more to impress than to keep the enemy out. This was built to be a family home, not a fortress. The Bedingfield’s continue to live at Oxburgh to this day.

The rooms decorated out as they would have been in with plush carpets and refined furniture. Paintings of kings, Queens and past relative hang on the walls. Trinkets and high quality silver on surfaces. The library stacked full of books.

The Kings room is however quite bare considering King Henry V11 stayed there in 1487, large tapestries hang on the walls and in the far corner is a priest’s hole, to give the Catholics priests somewhere to hide when in the 16th Century tension was building against the Catholic churches.

The rooftop gives an amazing view and is open to the public when the wind is not too strong. The grounds are just as impressive and the Roman Catholic Chapel in the grounds is also worth taking a look inside, build in 1836. The parish church also built on the grounds of Oxburgh Hall, back in 1948 the steeple collapsed destroying the nave and the south aisle to this day has not been re-built, my photo below shows the what remains.

The modern day Oxburgh Hall now has a tearoom and giftshop it also holds events like medieval re-enactments with plenty to see and do.

How lucky the Bedingfield’s are to call this stunning castle-like building home.

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