NNU3A Architecture Group Visit to Holkham Hall

 The Architecture Group enjoyed a bespoke tour of Holkham Hall on 17 October.

The seat of the Earls of Leicester, Holkham Hall is an elegant 18th century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The Marble Hall is a spectacular introduction to this imposing building, with its 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster, not marble as its name implies. Stairs lead to magnificent state rooms displaying superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.

Dr Mac Graham, Librarian and historian at the Hall explained the architectural ideas and influences that Thomas Coke brought back from his Grand Tour to inform the design of the Hall. His insightful talk and tour were accompanied by the showing of contemporaneous architectural books from Holkham Library that are rarely on public display. It was a morning of fascinating explanation of this wonderful building.