Admiral Lukin

William and his brothers outside Felbrigg Parsonage by Wm Bigg

George Lukin had been rector of Felbrigg and was now Dean of Wells. His son William was a distinguished sailor whose life before the mast began in 1781 at the age of 13. He became a Vice Admiral before leaving the navy in 1814.

William Lukin

Made his reputation in 1806 as captain of the Mars, which in an action off Rochefort, helped to capture four French troop ships.  In the following year the Mars took part in a bombardment of Copenhagen, and it was around this time that Cotman made his famous watercolour of Lukin's ship at anchor off Cromer.

William Windham III's widow Cecilia had a life interest in Felbrigg, which meant that he could not enter into his inheritance until her death in 1824.  With her passing Lukin was now required to assume the name and arms of Windham as a surrogate heir.


Wm Howe Windham

Admiral Lukin's son was born in 1802, and he became a model improving landlord under the inspiration of Coke of Holkham, investing heavily in the farms.  

The original can be seen hanging in the Morning room at Felbrigg
Part of  portrait of Wm Howe Winham
The original can be seen hanging in the Morning room at Felbrigg

He rose to county prominence as a Whig member for Norfolk in 1832 but lost his seat in 1837.  He was responsible for the re-modelling of the great hall with gargantuan neo-Jacobean details and marble busts of past and present Whig heroes,  and introduced the stained glass windows.

In 1835 he married Lady Sophia Hervey, daughter of the 1st Marquis of Bristol; the male members of whose family had a reputation for eccentricity in looks and behaviour which stretched back to the early 18th century. Sophia herself was highly strung and her husband's habit of shouting , whistling and singing to himself whilst alone in the drawing room was remarked upon by the servants
Their son William Frederick was born in 1840.