Mannington Estate

Mannington Estate

History of the Estate

Mannington Estate is one of Norfolk’s hidden gems. Nestled away in the heart of the countryside sits Mannington Hall, originally built around 1460 for William Lumnor who was connected to the Paston family.

The Hall boasts gothic windows and stunning motif chimneys. The facade of the hall is made from knapped local flints and two turrets stand proud on the South side of the building.

Mannington is surrounded by ancient woodlands which together with its lakes and rivers provides varied habitats for wildlife in a charming setting. We know that people have lived here for thousands of years enhancing its charms with buildings in local materials.

The Walpole Family

Mannington was sold to Horatio, first Lord Walpole in the middle of the 18th century. Horatio was the diplomat brother of Sir Robert Walpole, known as our first Prime Minister. He purchased the Wolterton estate and then Mannington to extend his landholding; but in the middle of the 19th century a member of the family abandoned Wolterton and came to Mannington and created a Victorian gentleman’s idea of a medieval house. Mannington Hall is still a Walpole family home today.

Lord Walpole

The Legacy of the late Lord Walpole

He always said he was influenced in his love of gardens not only by his parents, grandmother, and aunt but also by the Headmaster at his Maidwell Hall prep school who was an RHS medal winner. He read Natural Sciences and Agriculture at Cambridge and took an early interest in conservation. At Mannington in the 1980s a countryside management scheme was introduced with public access and interpretation, long before these became so widely acceptable. He went on to influence others in environmental concerns in local county council and later in House of Lords committees.