By Mary Mackie

'I've by no means forgotten the photographer who got here in as white as a sheet and stated he hadn't realised the fence used to be electrified. until eventually he was once astride it. Nasty.' sign up for Mary Mackie and husband Chris as they revisit Felbrigg corridor, the stately domestic they lived and labored in for numerous years. in the back of the wonderful thing about the gardens, resplendent with apple blossom and wisteria, and past the implementing majesty of the seventeenth-century structure, a relentless conflict is waged opposed to mold and fungus, over-zealous conservationists, and flooring near to collapse...Mary unearths the quirks and quagmires of dwelling during this outstanding Norfolk nationwide belief condominium.

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One man who introduced himself to Chris as ‘only a coalman’, asked if he could take a closer look at the William and Mary chairs, to confirm his thoughts about their construction and to see if they were marked with Roman numerals, as were most such chairs. Evidently he knew his stuff where chairs were concerned. Another man went through the house taking particular notice of the fireplaces; not so much the magnificence of the surrounds, some in marble and some in carved wood, no, his interest was in the ironwork of the grates: ‘I used to work in a foundry making these things.

A visit to Felbrigg The Hall lies about 25 miles north of Norwich and a couple of miles south-west of Cromer, the fishing town famous for its crabs and which has one of the few remaining piers in the country, with at the end of it a lifeboat station and a thriving theatre. If you head for Cromer, Felbrigg Hall is easy to find – just follow the brown tourist signs with their oakleaf logo. Two narrow gatehouses guard a driveway which forms part of a small crossroads lying in the shade of tall trees.

Marrying late in life, he fathered no children and so left the estate to his step-nephew, Vice Admiral Lukin, who later assumed the name of Windham. It was Lukin who altered the service wing, built the new red-brick stable block and enclosed the north portico to form what is now the Bird Corridor. Some squires took better care of the fabric of the house; some gave most attention to the woods; others favoured the farms and the shooting pleasures of their estate; one or two neglected the place rather badly and one particularly profligate young squire actually bankrupted the estate.

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