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Wolterton Hall (Wolterton Park)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton

    House & Family History: Wolterton was built by Horatio Walpole, 1st Lord Walpole, Sir Robert Walpole’s brother. The grand early 18th century red brick Neoclassical mansion is noted for its opulent Georgian interiors and is considered one of the four grand historic power houses of Norfolk (the others are Houghton, Holkham, and Raynham). In 2023 the house, together with 458 acres, was listed for sale £25 million.

    Collections: In 1858 there was a big sale of the contents of Wolterton. The Gobelins tapestries in the blue drawing room today are believed to have been a gift from Cardinal Fleury. David Willaume II's gold two-handled cup and cover of 1739 was sold at Christie's on June 15, 1983 for £237,600.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Charles Bridgeman landscaped the grounds and added the lake.

  • Architect: Thomas Ripley

    Date: 1727-41
    Designed: House for 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton

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    Architect: Charles Bridgeman

    Date: 1720s
    Designed: Landscaped grounds and added lake

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    Architect: George Stanley Repton

    Date: 1828
    Designed: Rusticated arcade added to south front and East Wing

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  • 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: XXIV, 450, 1908. CXXII, 116, 166, 1957.

  • Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

    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 II*

  • "This Sceptred Isle" (2022 - TV mini series, as No. 10 Downing Street and Chevening House).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Richard Ellis; here since 2023.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Sir Henry Spelman, 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, 1722-57; Horatio Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford, 19th century; Robert Horatio Walpole, 10th Baron Walpole, 1989-2016. Peter Sheppard and Keith Day, 2016-23.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: The house can be booked for events and overnight stays.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01263-768-966

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.woltertonpark.co.uk/

    Historic Houses Member: Yes

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