Oxburgh Hall, an imposing brick, moated manor complete with a gatehouse, was built by Sir Edmund Bedingfeld I (1443–1496) in about 1482. The Bedingfelds, a Catholic family very much at the forefront of public affairs in the Tudor period, have continued, despite sojourns on the Continent and in Bath at the beginning of the nineteenth century, to be associated with Oxburgh. Following the death of Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfeld (1860–1941), 8th Bt, and in the face of punitive taxes, the house and estate were sold in 1951 by Sir Edmund George Felix Paston-Bedingfeld (1915–2011), 9th Bt. However, through a tireless campaign by Sybil (1883–1985), Lady Bedingfeld, widow of the 8th Bt, her daughter Mrs Frances Greathead, and her niece Violet Hartcup, the house and grounds were saved and given to the National Trust in 1952, and much of the contents was rescued. The most imposing work is the painted and carved retable, showing scenes from the Passion and the life of Saint James the Greater, probably acquired by Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld (1830–1902), 7th Bt, for the chapel. It was bought by the National Trust in 1982, with the aid of grants from the National Art Collections Fund, The National Heritage Memorial Fund, and the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
National Trust, Oxburgh Hall
Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk PE33 9PS England
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