Oxburgh Castle Hall: Oxburgh Hall

Summer at Oxburgh Hall.
By Bleese – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=94349712


  • Oxburgh Road, Oxburgh, Norfolk
  • OSGB – TF 7424 0123
  • Grade I Listed Building.


Medieval fortified house, gatehouse on the north side and square moat. The moat measuring 164ft wide and approximately 32.8ft deep. Has priests hole.

Displays a piece of embroidery worked by Mary, Queen of Scots.


1430                            Manor held by the Tuddenham family.

1461                            Thomas Tuddenham was executed by Yorkists. The property passed to his sister, Margaret,  who married Edmund Bedingfield.

1476                            Passed to Margaret’s grandson.

1480                            Brick gatehouse added. c: shaft dates from.

1482                            c: Built by Sir Edmund Bedingfield.

1482                            July: Edmund Bedingfield received a licence to crenellate.

1497                            Visited by Henry VII and his queen.

15th C                          Moated house. Gatehouse with gunports.

1578                            Elizabeth I stayed at the Hall.

1642-1651                   Civil War: Royalist hall, plundered by Cromwell’s army.

1647                            South east angle was damaged by Parliament.

1660                            The family were in favour with the Crown again after the Restoration.

1710                            The drawbridge was replaced by a permanent bridge.

1725                            By: The south east angle had not been fully repaired.

1755                            Tudor hall and the south range demolished by Sir Richard Bedingfield.

1772                            Gatehouse pulled down.

1775                            Alterations.

18th C                          Early: Bridge over the moat.

18th C                          Western section added.

18th-19th C                   Two low towers added to the south east and south west angles by Buckler and Pugin.. Refurbished.

1830                            John Buckler was employed to undertake major repairs to the Hall.

1835                            Range added.

1838                            South east tower built.

1863                            A linking passageway was built on the south side which made the site a complete square.

1865                            South wing built.

1881                            External walkways added to the courtyard.

19th C                          The site of the Tudor Hall was filled with a passageway. Eastern tower.

1948                            Part of the church of St. John the Evangelist collapsed.

1951                            Put up for auction, but saved by Lady Bedingfield.

1952                            Sold.

1973                            Field Investigation.

1977                            Field Investigation.

1978                            Excavated.

1983                            Excavated.


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