The Hall at Felbrigg

Family walks through the bedrooms at Felbrigg Hall

One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, the Hall is a place of surprises and delights, a mixture of opulence and homeliness where each room evokes the imagination.

The Family Rooms

The Great Hall

Several of the stained glass windows in the Great Hall date from the 15th century, some reinstalled from St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich. The Yorkist lion and fetterlock badge can be seen throughout the house and on the estate.

The Great Hall at Felbrigg
The Great Hall at Felbrigg
The Great Hall at Felbrigg

The Dining Room

The dining room was created by William Windham II between 1752 and ’55 where the original 1680s staircase stood. Currently the table is set for a dinner party hosted by the Ketton family in the 1860s. We know what the menus might have looked like as they were recorded in Rachel Anne Ketton's diaries.

Rachel Ketton's fire buckets

The diaries of Rachel Anne Ketton 

Rachel Anne Ketton kept diaries of life at Felbrigg during the 1860s and these are still kept in our archives.

The Drawing Room

Known originally as the Great Parlour, this was the main reception and dining room throughout the late 17th century, panelled in oak and hung with pictures. Remodelled in 1751 by James Paine, the original ceiling, dating back to 1687, was retained along with its intricate plasterwork, depicting game birds, fruit and flowers to reflect the room's original function.

The Cabinet Room

Originally the 17th-century drawing room was square and panelled until the bay window was added in 1751. William Windham II transformed this space into a Cabinet to display the pictures and objects he had amassed on a European Grand Tour. The most complete surviving Grand Tour Cabinet in England, it also houses luxury export furniture traded by the East India Company. 

The Cabinet at Felbrigg Hall

Restoring the Cabinet Room at Felbrigg Hall 

Find out what the house team have been getting up to as they join specialist textile and painting experts to conserve the Cabinet Room.

The Library

Soak up the atmosphere of Felbrigg's spectacular Gothic library. This room was probably the Great Chamber of the Jacobean house and was made into a library by William Windham II between 1752 and 1755. The collection contains approximately 5000 books, including a copy of Dr Johnson's famous dictionary. The oldest book dates from 1509 and they were all bought to be read.

Do you know which books to leave on the chair to summon Felbrigg's ghosts?
Felbrigg Hall library
Do you know which books to leave on the chair to summon Felbrigg's ghosts?

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The Chinese Bedroom

Originally two rooms, these were united in 1751 when the bay window was built. The wallpaper was imported by the East India Company and block-printed and hand-painted in China. A specialist had to be engaged to hang the paper at a cost of 3s 6d (about £20 in today’s money) per day and 6d per travelling mile. William Windham II thought this was 'a cursed deal'.

The Working Rooms
" The house was run on old-fashioned lines by a staff of three. This consisted of [Gordon] Ward, the butler, who had already been at Felbrigg for thirty years, a maid and a cook."
- Brinsley Ford, 1950s

In the Victorian times a house like Felbrigg had to be self-sufficient in so many ways. A separate room was provided for every domestic task: Game Larder, Bake House, Pump House, Brew House, Larder, Scullery - and that is just to list rooms that aren’t usually on show!

The Kitchen

The kitchen you currently see has been in the same spot since the early 18th century. There are two long oak tables, one of which is 18th century, the other Victorian. The last squire installed the Aga. The pewter and highly polished copper batterie de cuisine is typical of historic country house kitchens and are all original to Felbrigg.

Fancy having to clean all these copper pans?
The kitchen at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk
Fancy having to clean all these copper pans?

The South Corridor

Fire is an ever-present danger in the country house, especially in its kitchens. One rudimentary precaution at Felbrigg was this set of leather and metal fire buckets, which bear Rachel Anne Ketton's initials.

Have you ever wondered why there are fire buckets at Felbrigg?
Fire buckets hanging up at Felbrigg
Have you ever wondered why there are fire buckets at Felbrigg?

The Turnery

William Windham II enjoyed working with his hands and used this room for the popular 18th-century pastime of wood and ivory turning. He also stored an arsenal of sporting weapons here, which numbered 42 guns in the upper shop alone. The room above contained his book-binding and gilding tools. 

Explore the collections

Over 13,000 collection items were bequeathed to us with the house and estate. From delicate mantle clocks to stately grandfather clocks; from stained glass to terrestrial and celestial globes in the library, and much more. Visit us or view our historic collection online.
 NT volunteers cleaning ceramics

Conservation work in the Hall at Felbrigg 

Behind the scenes our team is beavering away on cleaning, protecting and restoring furniture, woodwork and decorative details.

The Drawing Room at Felbrigg Hall

Collection highlights at Felbrigg Hall 

Felbrigg Hall is home to one of the largest collections in the National Trust. Here we take a look at just some of the highlights.