The House from a circa 1911 postcard
House & Family History: In 1696 Melbourne was inherited by Thomas Coke, who subsequently traveled throughout Europe, being particularly influenced by garden design while in France. Melbourne was later noted as the home of the Victorian Prime Minister William Lamb.
Collections: The papers of Sir John Coke and Sir Thomas Coke were sold from Melbourne to The British Library in 1988 for £290,000.
Comments: Melbourne is considered the greatest surviving early 18th century English garden.
Garden & Outbuildings: In 1696 Melbourne was inherited by Thomas Coke, who subsequently traveled throughout Europe, where he was particularly influenced by the French garden designs of Le Notre. When he was back home in England, Coke designed, beginning in 1704, French style gardens at Melbourne. The garden is particularly noted for its wrought-iron Birdcage, made by 1706-08 by Robert Bakewell in the style of a temple; it cost the large sum of £120 (approximately £227,500 in 2012 values, using the labour value of the commodity index) and was made in a forge near the parish church.
Country Life: LXIII, 526, 1928.
Title: World of Interiors, The (magazine)
Year Published: NA
Reference: Jul 2005, pg. 74
Publisher: London: The Conde Nast Publications Ltd.
Book Type: Magazine
Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
Author: Sayer, Michael
Year Published: 1993
Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade I
Current Seat / Home of: Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr
Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Coke, late 17th-early 18th centuries. Prime Minister William Lamb, 19th century. Admiral of the Fleet Lord Walter Talbot Kerr, early 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: Yes