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Brief description of site

Wolterton Hall has an 18th-century park and woodland set within a larger agricultural estate. The park contains evidence of the village of Wolverton, including the church tower which is still visible. The 18th-century walled garden is currently used as a smallholding by an organic food company.

Brief history of site

From 1722, Horatio Walpole, brother of Sir Robert Walpole, began a programme of updating the hall and grounds, the latter in the late geometric style with terraces and a large canal. A new hall was built after a fire in 1724. The final formal layout included a lake, kitchen garden, sunken bowling green, and southern vista framed by groves. George Stanley Repton was commissioned to enlarge the Hall in 1828 and in 1829 the landscape gardener W.S. Gilpin designed an elaborate new parterre for the south front, new curved drives and woodlands through the park, and exotic planting for an arboretum in Pleasure Ground Plantation.

Location information:

Address: Erpingham, North Walsham, NR11 7BB

Locality: North Norfolk

Local Authorities:

Norfolk; North Norfolk; Erpingham

Historical County: Norfolk

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 133 Grid Ref: TG163318
Latitude: 52.8403 Longitude: 1.21012

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open daily from 9 am. The hall is open on Fridays between April and October. Group visits can also be arranged.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1720 to 1729

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 180

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