Raynham Hall and East Barsham Manor

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Pevsner and Wilson tell us that Raynham Hall is the paramount house of its date in Norfolk. They consider that it is also one of the most attractive of the major houses in the county. The Townshend family have owned land in Raynham since the 14th century and the present house was built in 1620 by Sir Roger Townshend.  He was ‘Turnip’ Townshend’s grandfather. Sir Roger’s son was involved in the Restoration of CharlesII and all three were in the vanguard of the local gentry who became involved in national affairs. The principal rooms were remodelled by Thomas Ripley and William Kent in 1724-32. The Marquess Townshend has very generously agreed to this visit to the Hall, the grounds and the church.

In the afternoon move to West Barsham to explore the church and enjoy the gardens of West Barsham Hall. The church has three Saxon windows, a Norman door and round-headed lancet window, modern benches with animal arm rests, nicely restored chancel arch and roof and fragments of fourteenth century glass. The attractive gardens are set around a twentieth century house, started before the Great War and finished after it ended.

Raynham Hall is off the A1065 between Fakenham and Swaffham. At the village of East Raynham, take the road to West Raynham. After of a mile the church is obvious on the right. Turn right by a cottage and go over a cattle grid into Raynham Park.The Hall is on the right along the avenue.  Drive right up to the hall to park. Post code NR21 7EH. To reach West Barsham, return to the A1065 and turn left towards Fakenham. At the roundabout keep straight on for a short distance and then turn left on to B1106. After two miles take a right turning, signed for West Barsham and park in the village.

Please bring a picnic lunch. Please bring alternative footwear if it is wet underfoot.

Venue details

Raynham Hall
Norfolk Norfolk NR21 7EH