Blickling Hall, Norfolk
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Built on the foundations of the Tudor manor house supposed to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, the imposing Jacobean Blickling Hall was constructed by Sir Henry Hobart after a lucrative career as a London lawyer. Passed down through the Hobart and Kerr families over 4 centuries, Blickling Hall contains many family portraits including works by Gainsborough and Reynolds, and watercolours by Humphry Repton. The hall is also richly furnished with a fine collection of tapestries. Blickling is the home of the National Trust's largest and most magnificent library, the core of which was assembled by Sir Richard Ellys, a cousin of the Hobarts, and contains examples of early Continental printing, magnificent illustrated volumes, and many books with superb bindings. The library has since been added to by successive family members with books ranging from the novels read by Caroline, Lady Suffield early in the nineteenth century, through to the working books of the Liberal politician the 11th Marquis of Lothian added just prior to the Second World War.