Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norfolk
17th century

Notes in italics from North-West and South Norfolk by Nikolaus Pevsner
(1962) Penguin Books, now published by Yale University Press


The house was built for Thomas Windham about 1620, and enlarged in 1674-87 and again in 1750. The original part of the house is the south range (shown here). It is of brick with stone dressings and not large; but it has the lively projections and recessions of the Jacobean style.. There are seven bays, the middle one with a square porch projection, the angle ones with canted bay windows. The house is only two stories high, with large mullioned and transomed windows. ... The front ends in a tall parapet, and on the porch and bays balustrading with the words GLORIA DEO IN EXCELSIS in cut-out 'Grotesque' letters. There are not many houses that have this motif. ... On the balustrade small supporter figures. The chimneystacks are of three polygonal shafts each with star tops. The house of c.1620 was only one room deep. ...
The house is an exact contemporary of Blickling Hall, 7 miles away, with many similarities.
In the later 17th century a substantial west wing was added to the house in the plainer style of that period. Picture here.

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The porch has Tuscan columns on strapwork plinths and supporting block entablatures. Coats of arms of Sir John Windham and his son Thomas, who built the house, and their respective wives. The Windhams came originally from Wymondham, south of Norwich.
To the east of the house a service range was built in 1749. At the front it originally had an open colonnade but this was filled in in 1825 with gabled pavilions and Gothic windows.


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