There are several Open Days annually for this private residence of historic importance, and you can book a tour to see this wonderful family house which was 90 years ahead of its time when started in 1620. The interiors were redesigned by William Kent in 1723 and the house is largely unchanged since that date. Raynham is not open to the public so this is a chance to indulge your curiosity and hear about its history and the characters involved in the evolution of the Townshend ancestral seat.
Recitals are held in what used to be the great hall, this room epitomises the dual spirit of Raynham Hall. Lofty, elegant and flooded with light it also has a clear but gentle resonance which is perfect for the intimate chamber music presented in this beautiful house.
As Home Farm House used to be part of the Raynham Hall farming estate we have a distinct fondness for this important landmark. Raynham Hall underwent significant change in the early 18th Century under the direction of the 2nd Viscount, Charles ‘Turnip’ Townshend, and was considered the earliest example of the Palladian style in Norfolk. The Hall’s grand central entrance and sweeping staircase were constructed at this time as were many of the remarkable interior designs that can still be seen to this day.
The 2nd Viscount held numerous political offices including Secretary of State for the Northern Department and Lord President of the Council. His championing of the agricultural innovations of the time, such as the Norfolk system of crop rotation, were to fuel the British Agricultural Revolution.