The House from an 1844 lithotint by J.D. Harding
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 NashDate: 1800
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
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
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade I
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