Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, England
Record Id: 1766
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Brief description of site
Holkham Hall is a Palladian-style mansion surrounded by an 18th- to 19th-century park, woodland and agricultural estate. It is considered to be one of the principal landscape parks in England. The parkland contains monuments and landmarks, including an obelisk, a lake and a stretch of coastline.
Brief history of site
Hill Hall was the precursor of the present house. The history of the designed landscape at Holkham effectively begins with Thomas Coke, who inherited the estate in 1707. He began to re-built the hall in 1734, by which time a large geometric landscape, organised around a main north/south vista, was already taking shape. Under the influence of William Kent, new serpentine features soon began to emerge. Thomas Coke died in 1759, at which time the design was nearly complete. Lancelot Brown re-designed the pleasure grounds between 1760 and 1780. There was radical change to the landscape under Thomas William Coke from 1776. The park was hugely expanded, and several new buildings were added by Samual Wyatt.
Address: Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
Norfolk; North Norfolk; Holkham
Historical County: Norfolk
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Form of site: country estate
Purpose of site: Recreational/sport
Context or principal building: house
Site first created: After 1734
Main period of development: 18th century
Site Size (Hectares): 1202