Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall, Norfolk

William Kent
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Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea (1734-1764)

Architect: Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington (1694-1753), William Kent (1685-1748) & Matthew Brettingham (1699-1769)

Set near the north Norfolk coast, Holkham Hall (1734 - 1764) seems remote from London. How did such a great pile, in effect a giant Palladian villa, get to be built here? The dream-house of the first Earl of Leicester, a number of leading architects and artists worked here, including William Kent. They created the astonishing interiors, the most memorable of all being the Stone Hall.

Interested? Find out more about Holkham Hall with resources from the RIBA British Architectural Library.

Brettingham, Matthew The plans, elevations and sections of Holkham in Norfolk. London: Haberkorn, 1761

Cornforth, John & Schmidt, Leo Holkham Hall, Norfolk. Country Life, vol. 167, no. 4309, 1980 Feb 7, p. 359-362; vol. 167, no. 4310, 1980 Feb 14, p. 427-431

Hiskey, Christine Palladian and practical: country house technology at Holkham Hall. Construction History, vol. 22, 2007, p. 3-25

Schmidt, Leo and others (eds) Holkham. Munich; London: Prestel, 2005

Hussey, Christopher. English country houses: early Georgian 1715-1760. Rev. ed. London: Country Life, 1965, p. 134-149

Latham, Charles. In English homes. Vol. 3. London: Country Life, 1909, p. 381-400

Schmidt, Leo Holkham Hall, Norfolk. Country Life, vol. 167, no. 4307, 1980 Jan 24, p. 214-217; vol. 167, no. 4308, 1980 Jan 31, p. 298-301

Tipping, H. Avray English homes. Period 5, vol. 1: Early Georgian 1714-1760. London: Country Life, 1921, p. 301-322


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