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Moated manor to feature on Titchmarsh’s National Trust show

PUBLISHED: 16:24 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 22 February 2018

Alan Titchmarsh

. Picture:  ITV

/Jim Boyers

Alan Titchmarsh . Picture: ITV /Jim Boyers

Jim Boyers

One of Norfolk’s grandest country homes is set to feature on a small screen show hosted by gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh.

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk. Oxburgh was built in 1482 by the Catholic Bedingfield family. The moated hall is surrounded by nearly 28 hectares of gardens with streams and woodland walks. Picture: National Trust Images/Chris Lacey *** Local Caption *** Oxburgh HallOxburgh Hall, Norfolk. Oxburgh was built in 1482 by the Catholic Bedingfield family. The moated hall is surrounded by nearly 28 hectares of gardens with streams and woodland walks. Picture: National Trust Images/Chris Lacey *** Local Caption *** Oxburgh Hall

Peter Purves, a presenter on Channel 5’s Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, will inspect the moated manor house, Oxburgh Hall.

The house, which is between Swaffham and Downham Market, was built around 1482 and features a gatehouse with a pair of polygonal stair towers once described as “the most prominent of the English brick gatehouses of the 15th century.”

It is home to the Oxburgh Hangings - a collection of needlework made by Mary, Queen of Scots when she was imprisoned, and Bess of Hardwick, the wife of Mary’s captor, George Talbot.

Other National Trust properties to be featured on the February 27 broadcast at 8pm include Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, and Stainsby Mill and the Ecton Mines in the Peak District.

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