History

The tranquil lake on Blickling Estate, the perfect place to relax © Nick Meers

The tranquil lake on Blickling Estate, the perfect place to relax

Often altered, never destroyed

There's much more to Blickling than the famous Jacobean house.

The estate covers 4,777 acres and includes 55 acres of formal garden, 950 acres of woodland and parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland.

It extends across the parish and into parts of Aylsham, Ingworth, Itteringham and Oulton.

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.

Last private owner

In 1932 the 11th Marquess of Lothian, Philip Kerr,  made Blickling his principal English seat. A visionary man, he was largely responsible for the National Trust's Country House Scheme.

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.

The Long Gallery

The Long Gallery contains many rare, important and beautiful books

The Long Gallery is outstanding for its elaborately intricate Jacobean plasterwork ceiling.  The bulk of the large library was collected in the 18th century by Sir Richard Ellys of Nocton.

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