History

Watch Lord Lothian's last speech

Lord Lothian played a leading part in defeating Hitler during the short period of his embassy at Washington. 

It was he who persuaded Churchill to write the historic letter to Roosevelt which for the first time gave the Americans an unequivocal statement of Britain's depleted military strength. 

At a daringly timed conference in Washington (1940), Lothian delivered a similar message to the American public which was to be his last during his final visit to America.

The Boleyns

The manor of Blickling is recorded in the Domesday Book. Its owners have included Sir John Fastolf and Geoffrey Boleyn, grandfather of Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated wife of Henry VIII.

The Hobarts

The present red-brick mansion was built 1616-24 by Robert Lyminge (the architect of Hatfield) for Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet, Lord Chief Justice to James I.

The Suffields

Little is known about the long tenure of Lady Caroline Suffield and her husband.  Despite inheriting Blickling in 1793, it wasn't until the late 1820s that she made her mark on the house.

A technical operator from the top secret world of RAF Oulton © Blickling Archive Images

A technical operator from the top secret world of RAF Oulton

RAF Oulton Museum

The RAF Oulton Museum is an integral part of the Blickling Estate.

 During World War II Blickling Hall and its surrounding buildings and land became billets for aircrew from nearby RAF Oulton.

This museum remembers those men and women who served as part of Bomber Command squadrons and risked their lives carrying out raids over Germany.

See our vast collections online

An important part of the Blickling collection

An important part of the Blickling collection

From great works of art by Gainsborough to the ordinary cotton underpants of a Midlands grocer, details of over 700,000 objects in the care of the National Trust are now online. Find out more about Blickling's important collection here, which includes magnificent tapestries, portraits by Gainsborough and Mytens and a fine view of Chelsea by Canaletto.

Lothian's speeches

Lord Lothian's speech on the Glasgow Exhibition

Lord Lothian's speech on the Glasgow Exhibition

With our forthcoming 75th anniversary of Lord Lothian bequeathing the estate to the National Trust in 2015, we are currently working on our collection of Lothian's speeches.

Listen to this entertaining speech by Lord Lothian on the promotion of the Glasgow Exhibition, recorded in 1938. What would he have thought of Scotland's referendum?

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