Our journey to Felbrigg Hall took us to the far corner of North Norfolk, up near Cromer’s famous coast and seafood, then winding through the village of Felbrigg.
An English hall
After preparing ourselves for our day trip to another fine English Hall; taking our own lunch of chicken legs and noodles – a fine feast for any squire, I’m sure..
We heard the village was once located near the church, within the hall’s boundary, but had been moved further east, due to the squire not liking the village to be so close to his hall. The hall certainly commands it’s share of countryside, but you can’t see the hall while you approach through the fields of grazing sheep.
Originally the hall was quite small, more like a large house, during the Jacobean period (17th century), and was later extended, and moulded to whatever was fashionable and pleasing for the squire living there.
We had to enjoy our tea in the old servant living area, well that is where the National Trust has put the “Squire’s Pantry” tea room now. I’m sure the squire would have sat in the morning room.
Looking south from the main hall you can’t quite see the large man-made lake that hides just below the curved grassy hill, from the romantic period, and surrounded by woodland. Leave time to walk the garden as there is plenty of it.
I was hoping to find a maze to explore, and the Walled Garden sounded just like the place to find one. Although it wasn’t a maze but did let you lose yourself in the numerous types of fruit and flowers growing within, as well as the local sight of parents chasing kids chasing chickens.
Portmeirion is a masterpiece of the British architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Today people called it “Italian Village”. It is a true expression of Italian colour and impression through a British man’s eyes.