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Raynham Hall

This property is NOT free for HHA Friends
East Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7EP
01328 862133

Work on the double gabled H shape house began in 1618. Sir Roger Townshend and his Master Mason William Edge had the house largely completed by 1637 when Sir Roger died. On a hill overlooking a lake this brick and stone building was 90 years ahead of its time and fulsomely praised by Norfolk neighbour Sir Roger Pratt the gentleman architect: ‘Not long after it was built I was some while in it while it had no ornament at all. There was somewhat in it divine in the symmetry of proportion of length, height and breadth which was harmonious to the rational soul’.

In the C18th Sir Roger’s grandson invited William Kent to undertake a refurbishment of the interior which was undertaken largely in 1725-28 with further work completed about 10 years later. Unique wall decorations painted by Wm Kent on the elegant Kent Stair and ‘Palmyra’ ceiling are complemented by the elegant ironwork balustrade with the original glass lanterns. Breathtaking and highly ornamental late Jacobean compartmented ceiling in the first floor ‘Belisarius’ room which has a far view over the park through the Venetian window. Canvas paintings by Kent of the Townshend family supporters inserted into plasterwork recesses in C18th.

Very early C18th oak stair descends to the ground floor: fine early chimneypieces, particularly in the Red Saloon and the Stone Parlour where Dutch influence is clear; also many Wm Kent chimneypieces. Portrait collection dating from C16th and a collection of interesting furniture including two very early display cabinets.

The park is largely grass and trees but there are two new gardens being created: a vegetable garden facing the north east courtyard and a flower garden on the south east lawn. Ancient lime avenue leads down to the lake created in the early C18th near the remains of the former Raynham Manor, one of the homes of Sir Roger and his wife Mary, daughter of Lord Vere of Tilbury.


Between Swaffham and Fakenham on the A1065; from Swaffham direction, pass through South Raynham and either enter via the sign “West Raynham St Mary’s church” or continue and enter by the lodge gates which are about 300 yards further on towards Fakenham.


The ‘ground’ floor of the Hall is not at ground level and all of the access points involve stairs. There is no lift within the house. Ample parking immediately near the house. No bus route; trains at King’s Lynn with taxi service available outside the station.

The house is not suitable for those needing disabled access and we have no disabled toilet facilities. Raynham Hall remains a private family home.

Film Locations

Wm Kent decorated house; fine exterior dating from 1618; enfilades on ground floor and first floor; fine collection of furniture and portraits; two very photogenic staircases; grand bedroom with four poster bed and upholstered walls; attic bedrooms with bull’s eye windows; derelict service wing for gritty location shots; large courtyard at north east side of house; enchanting flint walled and crenellated church in the grounds; avenue of trees beside drive descending to lake; early stepped-gable stable buildings near the lake; icehouse; extensive woodland; crinkle-crankle wall near lodge gates (Norfolk description of a serpentine wall…); 5 acre walled garden with head gardener’s cottage in a semi-ruinous state.

Above all it is quiet and very suitable for recording engineers. The acoustics in
the Marble Hall are perfect. Excellent Alan Gotto harpsichord for hire on site. Good caterers will deliver food with wide menu choices. Lovely pubs nearby with accommodation.

Groups and special visits

Arrangements for group/special visits can be made by letter or email:

Visits on any day by prior arrangement: groups of 14+
Guided tours only:
£30 per head including cup of tea or coffee
£35 per head including afternoon tea
Tour and buffet lunch - price by arrangement

There are Recital Weekends twice a year in June and September, please see website for information We also sell Grand Cru champagne

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsYes
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

The Marquess & Marchioness Townshend
Raynham Hall
East Raynham
NR21 7EP
01328 862133

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