The Hall at Oxburgh
Oxburgh Hall has been the family home of the Bedingfelds for more than 500 years, and they still live within private apartments at Oxburgh today.
This beautiful moated manor house is filled with portraits, treasured objects and fascinating documents on loan from the current Baronet, Sir Henry Bedingfeld's private collection.
The invasive nature of the current roof repairs has led to the mammoth task of moving thousands of items in the collection out of attic spaces and, in some cases, the first-floor areas of the house.
The prominent Gatehouse is a masterpiece of medieval brickwork and is the best surviving example of the original Tudor building. Built as a statement, at a time when the family were wealthy and powerful, inside you’ll find two high status rooms whose names commemorate a royal visit.
The King’s Room
Although this room was named after King Henry VII, he never actually slept in this room on his royal visit in 1498. Decorated in the 19th century, the family hung elaborate 16th century Flemish tapestries above mock-Tudor panelling, draped flags with heraldic emblems at the windows and used the Marian hangings as bed curtains – all a ‘romantic’ nod to the King’s Room’s former appearance.
The Queen’s Room
Another room decorated to remember better times, here you can still see traces of the elaborate painting scheme imitating Tudor brickwork, added in the Victorian period.
The Hall has undergone numerous changes in its 500 year history, due to the hardship the family faced. However, in the early 19th century, the 6th Baronet began work to decorate and furnish the Hall in the antiquarian style you see today. He re-used panelling, embossed leather, heraldic motifs, heavy oak furniture, ancient textiles and neo-Gothic wallpapers and fabrics were combined to create a ‘romantic’ atmosphere, an approach that his son, the 7th Baronet continued.
Although Oxburgh’s collection was reduced when times were hard and the house was sold in 1951, the house today still reflects the tastes of the Bedingfeld family and contains a number of items on loan from the family and the Victoria & Albert Museum.