Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Holkham Hall (Holkham)

Holkham Hall is a magnificent Palladian mansion at Holkham in Norfolk.

It was built between 1734 and 1764 by William Kent for Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester, and is still home to his family. Nikolaus Pevsner called it "the most classically correct house in Britain".

Off the Marble Hall, with its dome ceiling, are stairs leading to state rooms containing ancient statuary, original furniture and paintings by artists including Claude, Gainsborough, Rubens and van Dyck.

The Pottery Courtyard houses the Bygones Museum and the History of Farming Exhibiion.

The park covers 3000 acres, and was landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. There is a 120 foot monument to a later Earl of Leicester, another Thomas Coke, the famous agricultural pioneer known as Coke of Norfolk.

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