View inside some of East Anglia’s most historic houses

This year the Invitation to View scheme, part of the cooperative Historic Houses, unlocks the doors to 22 properties in the East of England. 

Posted: March 6, 2024

View inside some of East Anglia's most historic houses

As well as lived-in family homes and Grade I architectural treasures, such as Norfolk’s Wolterton Hall, the 2024 tours include a restored guildhall in Finchingfield, a Suffolk house with a 20-foot dragon on the chimney, a theatrical visit to Instagram icon The Crooked House in Lavenham, and Talliston, an Essex council house transformed into ‘Britain’s most extraordinary home’ according to the Sunday Times.

In most cases a family member leads the tours, sharing the building’s history along with the reality of living in a draughty house in need of constant repair. You can learn how history and modern living mix from the owner of Earsham Hall on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, home to an extended family and a haunting of ghosts.

Grade II* Milden Hall, near Lavenham, is another much-loved home, where the family have farmed for over 200 years. It is a house of two halves, part re-modelled in the Georgian period with large rooms, cornices and high ceilings while the other half remains late Tudor with tiny rooms and linen-fold panelling.

Eight generations of the Vane Percys lived at Island Hall, Godmanchester, before it was requisitioned during WWII and later left derelict after a fire. In the early 1980s, interior designer Christopher Vane Percy brought the family back here and restored the house to its original Georgian splendour.

Upcoming guided tours of the Crooked House are on April 6th and June 9th. Milden Hall tours are on March 20th and April 16th.

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Posted: March 6, 2024   •   Posted in: Local Interest

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