Saturday 9 June 2012


Felbrigg is a small village situated south of Cromer. It takes its name from the Danish language and means ‘plank bridge’. The National Trust property Felbrigg is a 17th century house of which some 20 rooms are open to the public. This really is an interesting property which has some excellent gardens and grounds.

What makes this of particular interest is the history of the various families that have lived here. The visitor can connect more with its historic past than is possible in most other similar historic properties. This is mainly due to the fact that the furniture and the belongings of the last occupant are all here pretty much as they would have been left when it was handed over to the National Trust.

The library and Grand Tour collection here is magnificent. This is a house of contrasts and surprises. Whilst it is not one of the most impressive National Trust properties you will see in terms of size and design, it is unique and delightful in its own right.

The last occupant of Felbrigg – Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer wrote many books and was a well known biographer and county historian. His books can be seen in the library. He was a bachelor whose only brother was killed during the war. With no descendants he made sure that the Hall and Estate would be available for future generations by donating it to the National Trust.

The gardens include a beautiful 18th century Orangery, some fine trees and extensive woodland with a lake. The nearby 15th century church of St Margaret is where Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer is buried.

 Felbrigg Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR. Tel: 01263 837444

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