Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk
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                    (c) by John Ashley Photography

Oxburgh is a most attractive romantic fortified moated manor house built in the 15th century. Sir Edmund Bedingfeld had to obtain permission from Edward IV to embattle and crenellate (a tower with battlements or loopholes) his walls and towers. Though by the 15th century this was more a status symbol than a necessary fortification requirement.

Oxburgh has been the home of the Bedingfields since the early 15th century. Bedingfields were one of the few families who refused to give up the Old Faith at the Reformation and as such suffered persecution during much of the 16th and 17th centuries. Being Catholics the Bedingfields, were not allowed to hold public office until 1829 when the Catholic Emancipation Act came into being. The house was given to the National Trust in 1952.

Rooms that are open to the public are The Saloon with its neo-classical decoration; the old Drawring Room; the West Staircase Hall which was installed in the late 17th century; the Library; the Small Dining Room; the North Staircase; the North Room; the Boudoir; the Kings Room so called as Henry VII lodged here in 1487; the Gatehouse Stairway; the Queen Room, called after Elizabeth of York; the Roof and the Armoury.

Mary Queen of Scots also stayed here as a prisoner. Outside there is a lovely French Parterre garden as well as a Wilderness Walk, which was planted in the 19th century.  Refreshments are available in the National Trust tearooms.
 
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                    (c) by John Ashley Photography