‘O’ has been achieved on the a-z #ntfamily challenge! O is for OXBURGH HALL, a wonderful visit in Norfolk. Again determined to meet the 2014 challenge ‘head on’ and visit another new area of the UK to us, we packed up the camping gear on a wet Bank Holiday Monday and headed off for Kings Lynn and Norfolk.
Oxburgh Hall is a moated, impressive country house which is packed with history on a pretty monumental scale! Home to generations of the Bedingfeld family since the 15th Century, the 10th Baronet still lives there with his wife in the East Wing. In fact, on our visit one of them was sat in the bay window of their private wing, absorbed in their reading whilst the hoards troop past and admire their stunning home.
Like I said, the house is packed with the history of a family who over the centuries have been in and out of favour due to their Catholic beliefs but who have always remained staunchly loyal to the Crown – clearly standing them in good stead. The kids loved venturing down the ‘Priests Hole’ situated where once a privy was – this has held safe catholic priests over the years when raiders came to Oxburgh. Now you get a sticker for exploring down the hole which made me smile! But the hubbie didn’t enjoy it so much with his claustrophobia!
The fine needlework completed by Mary Queen of Scots was very impressive but being a self confessed Tudor fanatic – I found really interesting the letters penned to Sir Edmund and later Sir Henry Bedingfeld by Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I. This was clearly a family very well integrated into the highest social circles!
We spent a lovely few hours at Oxburgh Hall. The grounds are fab and we had a great explore! Thoroughly enjoyed by us all.