What an absolute gem of a property, the symmetry of this building is astounding.
The present red-brick mansion was built by Sir Henry Hobart (pronounced “Hubbard”) after he purchased the estate in 1616.
The house was built on the same site as Sir Geoffrey Boleyn’s, by architect Robert Lyminge, who was already known for building Hatfield House. The moat still remains from Tudor times.
Both country houses are perfect examples of Jacobean architecture, brick built with stone mouldings around the windows and doors, the central feature of each building is a clock tower, stone at Hatfield House designed to duplicate the look of the stone at Blickling.
Lyminge also was the designer of the nearby church, St Andrews, image courtesy of the National Trust.