The Estate

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Around the estate

Realigning Scarrow Beck

Felbrigg reed beds

Felbrigg reed beds

The realigning was part of a Higher Level agricultural Scheme (HLS). The stream now no longer runs in a straight line but meanders, flowing into the small pond close to the footpath and then into the lake through the newly constructed weir which will allow the stream to behave in a much more natural manner. This should encourage wet loving species to spread, providing a greater diversity of plants and insects.

Norfolk mountain walk

 A 16 mile walk which includes inclines totalling 1140ft - the equivalent of a small mountain!  The walk  takes approximately six hours non stop and offers woodland, parkland and coastal views, travelling through Felbrigg, the coastal path and Sheringham park.

Felbrigg Great Wood

Felbrigg woods in Autumn © Justin Minns

Felbrigg woods in Autumn

Explore the 3.3km way-marked walk through the Great Wood and parkland, you'll see a wide variety of trees of all ages, including ancient Beeches, some of which were pollarded in the past.  Indeed part of the Great Wood used to be known as Felbrigg Beeches.  Also Oak, some ancient, Sweet Chestnut, Hawthorn, Ash and Sycamore.

Planted over many generations timber production was the primary purpose of this 380 acre wood.

The ice house

Felbrigg icehouse © Michael Graham

Felbrigg icehouse

The bricks are of a late 17th century size and type and one of them is dated 1633, although the Gothic detailing suggests they are 18th century. It is thought that it may have been built of bricks from a demolished section of the 17th century park wall.  This is not a partially collapsed ice house but was built to look like a ruin.

The shaft is 28 feet deep, and is a favourite place for the bats to hibernate.

Felbrigg lake

Autumn view of house from the lake © Justin Minns

Autumn view of house from the lake

It is reputed although unconfirmed, that the forming of the lake - originally there were three rectangular lakes filled with fish destined for the kitchens - might have been one of Humphry Repton's earliest projects. Created by joining together the three smaller ponds, the new lake was the perfect place to lazily unwind during long summer days or entertain visiting members of the genteel set who were enjoying holidays in nearby fashionable Cromer.

The countryside team

A heart warming day clearing scrub © Rob Hewer

A heart warming day clearing scrub

The countryside team are always busy around the estate, and you can find out what they are getting up to on their blog.

St. Margaret's Church

St.Margaret's Church at Felbrigg © Robert Truman

St.Margaret's Church at Felbrigg

Felbrigg Church stands about a quarter of a mile south-east of the Hall. the building is mainly late 14th century. The interior is full of interest and character, and perhaps not very much changed since the celebrated Norwich School painter John Sell Cotman was married here in January 1809. The nave is given over to Georgian box pews and the roofs of nave and chancel are good examples of 15th century carpentry.

Reconstituting the heath

Felbrigg Wavy Hairgrass © Mary Ghullam

Felbrigg Wavy Hairgrass

On the right as you drive into the main entrance of Felbrigg, about 10 hectares is being returned to the heathland that it would have been in 1860. The Wavy Hairgrass, pictured above, has come up in the heathland restoration area. It is a typical heathland grass which hasn’t been recorded at Felbrigg in the last ten years. We are removing the non-native species such as the conifers, digging up and grinding out the stumps. The nutrient rich soil/leaf mould is then stripped off to get back to the basic seed bed. Ling heather is already coming through and it is hoped that we will see Bell heather in time. It is hoped that this heathland will encourage Nightjar and Woodlark to nest there; also this environment will increase biodiversity and be good for Green Tiger Beetles, Bumble Bees; Wasps and Solitary Bees. There will be some thinning of the woodland around this heathland area - in all some 15 hectares. In 1860 this heathland would have been managed by gorse cutting (gorse was used for fires and bedding) and animal grazing. We will cut the heather using a tractor and it is hoped that some native breeds of cattle can be introduced to graze this heathland.