Oxborough Hall, Norfolk f20
Artist: Blore, Edward
Medium: Pencil on paper
This pencil drawing depicts the grand gatehouse of Oxborough Hall, seen from the inner courtyard.
Oxborough Hall is a fine Tudor mansion built by Edmund Bedingfield in 1482.
Although the Bedingfields were influential members of the Tudor court, they later endured financial penalties on account of their Catholic faith and allegiance to Charles I. The facade of the hall is dominated by a spectacular brick-built gatehouse, one of the largest of its kind in England. The house is surrounded by a moat and is situated within carefully maintained gardens. The exterior of the building has remained well preserved despite the east wing suffering attack during the Civil War. The interior has been largely rebuilt following the demolition of the great hall in the 18th century.