Timeline

1621

The beginnings of the Windham Era

Felbrigg passed to the Norfolk Windhams in the mid-15th century, but when their line died out in 1599 the Somerset branch of the Wyndham family took over. Between 1621 and 1624, Sir John Wyndham and his son Thomas constructed the south front out of the carcass of an early Tudor building, and adopted the Norfolk spelling of Windham.

The South Front of Felbrigg Hall

1647

William Windham I

The son of Thomas Windham and his second wife Elizabeth Mede, William built the west wing in the 1680s with the architect William Samwell. Some of the rooms at Felbrigg still have this original plaster work, and the drawing room ceiling contains the date 1687 and the initials WW. In 1669, a year after he came of age, William married Katherine Ashe, the daughter of a rich Twickenham merchant. Katherine's cookbook from 1707 has survived and currently is held in the Norfolk Records Office.

William Windham I

1673

Ashe Windham

Their son Ashe, born in 1673, built the Orangery in 1707. The drawings for the Orangery are unsigned, but Ashe may have been its architect. He married Elizabeth Dobyns in 1709 and their only child William Windham II was born in 1717. The marriage was not happy and they separated three years later.

Ashe Windham