A stately hall that is part of the Blickling estate, Blickling Hall has been in the care of the National Trust since 1940.
The property was initially owned Sir John Fastolf of Caister in Norfolk, who made a fortune in the Hundred Years’ War. However it eventually ended up in the hands of the Boleyn family. While the exact details remain unknown, it is highly likely that all three Boleyn children, including Anne, were born at the property. For that reason a statue and portrait of Anne Boleyn can be seen within the Blickling Hall Estate. The statue carries the inscription “Anna Bolena hic nata 1507″ (Anne Boleyn born here 1507). This is based on historians scholarship and estimations of her birth date.
The house that currently stands on the Blickling Hall site, was built during the reign of James I, on the ruins of the old Boleyn property. The architect who designed Hatfield House, Robert Lyminge, is accredited with designing the property.
During the Second World War, the house was requisitioned and served as the Officers’ Mess of nearby RAF Oulton. It was at this time that the house was passed to the National Trust.
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