The Blickling Estate in Norfolk

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I am a bit behind.  We visited Blickling months ago on our Norfolk trip and I am trying to remember, beyond these few images, what it was like and what I thought.

One thing I could never forget, however, were the clipped yew hedges.  They would have to be my absolute favourite thing about the property.  And maybe the topiary.  But mostly the hedges, which look straight out of a children’s book, with gateways to unseen sections of garden.  There are some wonderful photos here of the annual trim and which show a better sense of their scale and form.

Usually my favourite thing about estate gardens is the kitchen garden.  Perhaps because we can relate to it the most, being mainly vegetable growers. The walled kitchen garden at Blickling has great potential but it wasn’t exactly aspirational, even looking a little rough round the edges when we visited.  I am not someone who looks for perfection, I find it a little boring, but there was something about it which just seemed unloved.

The house, like all National Trust properties, is very impressive and was once home to Anne Boleyn.  Apparently it is considered the most haunted house in Britain.  A truly bizarre thing to relate to when you visit on a cheerful day in late summer.

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