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Helmingham Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Lionel Tollemache, High Sheriff of Suffolk and Norfolk.

    House & Family History: Helmingham is composed of four main periods: the late 15th century, the mid-18th century, 1800, and 1841. The South Facade was mostly designed by Nash, or his assistant, John Adey Repton. Nash designed the battlements, mullions, the oriel topped gateway, and the bridge. In 1841 Anthony Salvin remodeled West Range and designed the Dining Room and the South Drawing Room using 17th century components.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The House is moated and surrounded by a 400-acre deer park. The Knot Garden has plants that were grown in England before 1750. In addition, there is a Walled Kitchen Garden, the Wildflower Garden, the Obelisk, the Stables, and a large collection of old fashioned roses.

  • Architect: John Adey Repton

    Designed: South front of House

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    Architect: John Nash

    Date: 1800
    Designed: Alterations to House for 6th Earl of Dysart in Tudor Gothic Style. Designed Gateway, oriel, and bridge.

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    Architect: Anthony Salvin

    Date: 1841
    Designed: Remodeled West Range. Worked on Dining Room for 1st Lord Tollemache.

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  • Vitruvius Britannicus: C. IVth. pls. 63, 64, 1739.

    John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 33, 1852.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. IV, 1821.

    Country Life: CXX, 282, 332 plan, 378, 656, 712, 1956.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 692
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    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
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Only Fools and Horses" (1987 - TV series, in episode 5.8, "The Frog's Legacy," the Lodge room was used for the wedding reception). "Lovejoy" (1993 - TV series, episode 5.14, "The Lost Colony," as Wakering Hall). "The Golden Bowl" (2000).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Timothy John Edward Tollemache, 5th Baron Tollemache; Tollemache family here since the late 15th century.

    Past Seat / Home of: Wilbraham Tollemache, 6th Earl of Dysart, early 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Phone: 01473-890-799

    Fax: 01473-890-776

    Email: events@helmingham.com

    Website: http://www.helmingham.com

    Historic Houses Member: Yes