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Brief description of site

Kimberley Hall has a landscape park, lake and woodland of 240 hectares laid out between 1762 and 1778 by Lancelot Brown. The park contains many mature trees, including an oak that dates from 1373, and once contained the largest ash tree in England.

Brief history of site

There were earlier manor houses in the neighbourhood of the present hall. A new hall was erected in Downham parish from 1712 onwards to a design by the architect William Talman, surrounded by small enclosed gardens and a 35 hectare deer park. In 1762, Lancelot Brown was commissioned to remodel the landscape by developing the lake, a Broad Water, perimeter belts, and sweeping parkland. The formal gardens were updated, possibly by the designer William Andrews Nesfield, in around 1866.

Location information:

Address: Estate Office, Kimberley Hall, Norwich, NR18 ORT

Locality: Wymondham

Local Authorities:

Norfolk; South Norfolk; Kimberley

Historical County: Norfolk

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 144 Grid Ref: TG091047
Latitude: 52.5998 Longitude: 1.08616

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1712 to 1778

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 240

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