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Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough

  • 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 Queen 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; as a result, Oxburgh Hall was pillaged by Cromwellian troops and Sir Henry was taken captive and spent two years in the Tower of London. In the 19th century the house was restored and the south corridor was built to connect east and west wings. Sybil, Dowager Lady Bedingfeld, was one of the women who saved Oxburgh from demolition in the mid-20th century. In 1951, when the house was sold at auction and slated to be demolished, Lady Bedingfeld was instrumental in leading the campaign to buy back the house and donate it to the National Trust. This happened in 1952 and her family continues to live here today as tenants of the Trust. Not surprisingly, considering its Catholic history, there is at least one priest's hole in the house.

    Collections: Oxburgh has a collection of embroidery by Mary, Queen of Scots, made during her imprisonment in England.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens contain a French parterre, a walled orchard, and a kitchen garden.

    Chapel & Church: The Paston-Bedingfeld family, which owns the Catholic chapel, has never broken with its ancient Roman Catholic faith.

  • Architect: John Chessell Buckler

    Date: 19th century
    Designed: Rebuilt East Wing

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    Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

    Date: 19th century
    Designed: Renovated House with advice from Buckler family

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    Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

    Date: 19th century
    Designed: Chapel
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  • 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 & 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
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Dad's Army" (1968 - TV series, episodes 1.2, "Museum Piece," and 1.3, "Command Decision"). "You Rang, M'Lord?" (1988-93). "Love on a Branch Line" (1994 - TV mini series, as one of the locations of Arcady Hall). "Elizabeth" (2000 - TV). "How We Built Britain" (2007 - TV BBC documentary, by David Dimbleby, episode 1.1, "The East: A New Dawn"). "Antiques Roadshow" (2009 - BBC TV series, episode 31).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Paston-Bedingfeld family; here since 1483.

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, 1483-1553; Sir Henry Bedingfeld, 1553-83; Thomas Bedingfield, 1583-90; Sir Henry Bedingfield, 1590-1657; Sir Henry Bedingfeld, 1st Bt., 1657-85; Sir Henry Bedingfeld, 2nd Bt., 1685-1704; Sir Henry Bedingfeld, 3rd Bt., 1704-60; Sir Richard Henry Bedingfeld, 4th Bt., 1760-95; Sir Richard Bedingfeld, 5th Bt., 1795-1829; Sir Henry Richard Paston-Bedingfeld, 6th Bt., 1829-62; Sir Henry George Paston-Bedingfeld, 7th Bt., 1862-1902; Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfeld, 8th Bt., 1902-41; Sir Edmund George Felix Paston-Bedingfeld, 9th Bt., 1941-2011.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01366-328-258

    Fax: 01366-328-066

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No