The Estate at Felbrigg Hall
From Felbrigg Lake to the ice house this Norfolk estate has plenty to offer anyone who visits it
Felbrigg Great Wood
Explore the 3.3km way-marked walk through the Great Wood and parkland.
Planted over many generations the primary purpose of this 380 acre wood wastimber production. Meaning today 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). You can also see Oak, some ancient, Sweet Chestnut, Hawthorn, Ash and Sycamore.
The Ice House
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.
It is reputed, although unconfirmed, that the forming of the lake by combining the original 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.
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.