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 has something to feed the imagination.

The Family Rooms

The Great Hall

Some of the stained glass windows in the Great Hall date from the 15th century and some originally came from St Peter Mancroft church in Norwich. The lion and fetterlock motif can be seen used in various forms 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

Originally the location of the stairs in the 1680s wing, the dining room was created by William Windham II between 1752 and 1755. Currently the table is set for a dinner party hosted by the Ketton family in the 1860's, and we know what the menu for this dinner was as it was 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 still exist in our archives.

The Drawing Room

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

The Cabinet Room

Originally the drawing room of the 1680s wing, it was square and panelled until the bay window was added in 1751. William Windham II remodelled the room as the setting for the Italian pictures acquired on his Grand Tour. These still hang, very much, as he originally planned.

The Cabinet at Felbrigg Hall

Restoring the Cabinet Room at Felbrigg Hall 

Find out what the house team got up to as they were joined by specialist textile and painting experts to undertake a major conservation project in the cabinet room at Felbrigg Hall.

The Library

Soak up the atmosphere of Felbrigg's outstanding Gothic library. This room was probably the Great Chamber of the Jacobean house and was made into the Library by William Windham II between 1752 and 1755. The collection contains approximately 5,000 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?

The Chinese Bedroom

Originally two rooms, these were united in 1751 when the bay window was built. The wallpaper was ordered through the East India Company and block printed/hand painted in China. A specialist had to be engaged to hang the paper at a cost of 3s 6d per day (17.5p) and 6d (2.5p) per mile travelling. 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 the rooms you do not see!

The Kitchen

The kitchen you currently see at Felbrigg 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 are typical of historic country house kitchens, and are all original collection left with 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

The fire at Clandon Park in Surrey in April 2015 is a sad reminder of this ever-present danger, especially in country house kitchens. One rudimentary precaution at Felbrigg was the 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 his 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

There are over 13,000 items in the collection bequeathed to us together with the house and estate. From delicate Mantle clocks to stately Grandfather clocks; from stained glass in the great hall to terrestrial and celestial globes in the library and much much more. Visit us to view the collection or you can now view some of 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 within the National Trust. Here we take a look at just some of the highlights.

Discover more

Book on display in the library at Felbrigg

Discover the secrets of our attics and cellars

Explore areas of Felbrigg Hall that aren't usually on show to the public. Follow our knowledgeable volunteer guides down into Felbrigg's cellars, and then up into the attics to explore a new side to the historical home.

Wisteria flowering across the house in the west garden at Felbrigg

Introductory Talks

Come and discover more about the history of Felbrigg with one of our introductory talks held outside the hall. Please note that both the attics and cellars tours and introductory talks are subject to availability and change on a daily basis. Please speak to our Visitor Welcome team upon arrival for more information.