Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.
Built / Designed For: Brampton family
House & Family History: Blo Norton Hall is a moated Elizabethan manor house notable today as the home of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, a son of Maharaja Sir Duleep Singh (the last king of the Sikh Empire and the owner of Elveden Hall). The bachelor Prince Frederick, who lived here for the last 20 years of his life, was a fervent monarchist and a noted antiquary who authored 1914's "Norfolk Archaeology." He presented his collection of Jacobite and Stuart relics to the Inverness Museum and gave to the town of Thetford the timber-framed Ancient House (today a museum), together with his collection of portraits. The prince is buried in the churchyard of St. Andrew's Church, a part of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail. In the summer of 1906 Virginia Woolf came to stay at Blo Norton; this visit inspired her short story "The Journal of Miss Joan Martyn." In 2023 Blo Norton was listed for sale for £2.6 million.
Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
Year Published: 1981
Reference: pgs. 92-93
Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Brome family. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Henry Brampton, 16th century. Prince Frederick Victor Duleep Singh (as tenant), until 1926. Best family, Browne family. Goldson family, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: The house is available for exclusive lets.
House Open to Public: By Appointment
Historic Houses Member: No