History of the Blickling estate
This year we're exploring the intriguing origins of Blickling's eighteenth century long gallery library.
The story of the library
This year we're all about books, as we are celebrating the story of the Blickling's eighteenth century long gallery library. The impressive collection is made up of 123 feet of books on each side and contains over 12,000 volumes.
Most of these books first arrived in the 1740s, when Sir John Hobart, the first Earl of Buckinghamshire resided at Blickling Estate.
The books however, originally belonged to Sir Richard Ellys, a wealthy baronet and landowner. His own family seat was Nocton Hall, near Lincoln, but he also owned a country retreat at Ealing and a London mansion. With such wealth, you can imagine the elaborate quality of the books that were delivered to the property from Ellys' collection.
This year Blickling are in the midst of an exciting, ongoing project to not only catalogue every volume but to also restore many of the books to their former glory. Visit us to observe this incredible conservation in progress.