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Holkham Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Holkham, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.9499 / 52°56'59"N

Longitude: 0.8037 / 0°48'13"E

OS Eastings: 588456

OS Northings: 342842

OS Grid: TF884428

Mapcode National: GBR R5Y.01F

Mapcode Global: WHKPL.93YX

Entry Name: Holkham Hall

Listing Date: 30 November 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1373659

English Heritage Legacy ID: 223347

Location: Holkham, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR23

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Civil Parish: Holkham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Holkham St Withburga

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Listing Text


5/32 Holkham Hall

G.V. I
Mansion. Begun 1734, published 1761, finished 1764, the seat of Thomas Coke,
later First Earl of Leicester, Designed to reflect his taste as a Grand Tourist.
By William Kent, executed and completed by Matthew Brettingham the Elder. Holkham
gault brick of exceptional quality. Slate roofs. Central block with 4 wings
divided by internal courtyards. Arranged as a Palladian villa on enlarged scale,
with references in towered central block to Inigo Jones's Wilton House. N front:
rusticated ground floor, 3 by pedimented central block with central Venetian window
recessed under brick semi-circular arch; 2 pedimented windows. Two flanking bays
and tower bays with similar Venetian window. Cornice, entablature recessed off
ridge. Towers with external storey and hipped roofs. Stacks recessed off ridge.
C19 plate glass to all windows on N Garden front (S) with rusticated ground floor.
Central hexastyle Corinthian portico, entablature with pediment, with six round-
headed windows, two pedimented windows either side and single Venetian window,
without superimposed arch, to towers. The glazing bars on this front have been
reinstated. At four comers two storey link blocks to four wings containing
chapel, kitchen, guest wing and private family wing. Each wing has identical
elevations: rusticated ground floor, 2 1/2 storey central block of 3 bays, 2 storey
flanking blocks of one bay, each pedimented. Each has 4 prominent eaves stacks to
central block and subsidiary stacks to flanking blocks.

Interior: the central block arranged as suite of rooms of parade on piano-nobile.
Central Stone Hall, an evocation of the Vitruvian so-called Egyptian Hall and of
the apsed and aisled antique basilica, with alabaster facings, a rich Ionic Order
from the Temple of Fortuna Virilis, Rome; coffered cove and compartmented ceiling.
To West the North Dining Room, the Sculpture gallery with Octagon rooms at N and S,
and on axis with the Stone Hall the Drawing Room with a deep cofferet vault.
Further Rooms of Parade to South.

Listing NGR: TF8845642842

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