Rainthorpe Hall

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Rainthorpe Hall
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Rainthorpe Hall in 2007
Rainthorpe Hall is located in Norfolk
Rainthorpe Hall
Location within Norfolk
General information
Type Private house, stately home, wedding venue
Architectural style Tudor
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Rainthorpe Hall is a Grade I listed Elizabethan country mansion near Tasburgh in Norfolk, England, about 8 miles (13 km) south of Norwich.[1] It is notable for its medieval stone work, wood carvings, rare 17th century leather wall coverings[2] and 19th century Victorian mirrors.[3] The hall's grounds extend to 18.7 acres.[1]

There is evidence that the Hall dates back to the 15th century or earlier in some form and that most of the original structure was destroyed by a fire around 1500.[4] In 1579, the lawyer Thomas Baxter purchased the property and set about adding to it and altering it to include two new wings, before selling the property in 1628.[5] The next owner of note was Frederick Walpole, youngest son of Horatio Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford, who purchased the property in 1852; his influence on the house can be seen in the hall chimney, stone windows and stained glass.[5]

Colonel Sir Charles Harvey, who later became the 2nd Baronet Harvey of Crown Point, Trowse, Norfolk, bought Rainthorpe Hall in 1878,[5] and the following year constructed the stable block and the castellated gardener's cottage which sits to the right of the property.[6][7] Harvey added the five bay window extension at the front in 1885.[5]

After this, Rainthorpe Hall was purchased by the economist J Maurice Hastings,[8] who, according to his good friend, Maurice Bowra, held "wild parties" at the Hall.[9] The Hall was subsequently inherited by his son, George Hastings,[10] who sold it to the barrister and businessman Alastair Wilson QC in 1990. [11][1]


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