A circa 1800 hand-colored engraving of the Gatehouse from "The Beauties of England and Wales"
Built / Designed For: Sir Edmund Bedingfeld
House & Family History: Famous for its 80-foot-high Gatehouse, Oxburgh is a 15th century moated house with many royal connections. Henry VII and Elizabeth of York were guests of Sir Edmund Bedinfeld at Oxburgh in 1487. Sir Edmund was later given custody of Katherine of Aragon, the divorced queen of Henry VIII. In the next generation, Sir Henry, son of Sir Edmund, had custody of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth I, at Oxburgh. A later Sir Henry roused a regiment of foot troops and horses during the Civil War for the king; his house (Oxburgh Hall) was pillaged by Cromwellian troops and Sir Henry was taken captive and spent two years in the Tower of London. The family continues to maintain its ancient Roman Catholic faith; there is at least one priest's hole in the House. Oxburgh was restored for Sir Henry Richard, 6th Bt. The south corridor was built to connect east and west wings for Sir Henry George, 7th Bt. Sibyl, Lady Bedingfeld, donated Oxburgh to the National Trust in 1952; her family continues to leave here today as, they have since 1482, but now as tenants of the trust.
Collections: Oxburgh has a collection of embroidery by Mary, Queen of Scots, made during her imprisonment here.
Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens contain a French parterre, the walled orchard, and a kitchen garden.
Chapel & Church: Lady Bedingfeld's grandson, Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, owns the Catholic Chapel.
Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore PuginDate: 19th century
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: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 112, 1854.
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. III, 1820.
Country Life: I, 548, 1897. XIII, 470, 1903. LXVI, 194, 224, 1929.
Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
Year Published: 1981
Reference: pgs. 164-166
Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Seat of: Lady Bedingeld; Paston-Bedingfeld family here since 1482.
Past Seat of: Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, 15th century.
Current Ownership Type: The National Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
Ownership Details: The National Trust owns the House; Lady Bedingfeld lives in the hall. Lady Bedingfeld's grandson, Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, owns the chapel.