Man of the Enlightment

Ceramic miniatures, Melford Hall, Suffolk

Sir Cordell Firebrace, who owned the Melford estate in the eighteenth century was a man of his time.

Interested in continental art and tastes, he transformed the Hall’s interior from its late medieval and Tudor style into a rococo masterpiece, furnishing it with French and Dutch art and furniture.  He followed fashion also outdoors where he swept away the crumbling remains of the east wing, opening up vistas of the estate which we still enjoy today.

You can hear the story of his birth in the North Bedroom  and find out more about Cordell’s marriage in the Boudoir... but just look out of any window and appreciate his decision to replace the original windows with elegant sash windows which flood the house with light.