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Norfolk's Power Houses: Raynham, Houghton, Wolterton and Holkham Shawn Kholucy Tuesday 15 January 2019

The four Power Houses of Norfolk, those houses built to display the owners’ power or their ambitions to power, Raynham, Houghton, Wolterton and Holkham, were all linked in their conception, construction and intentions. The same key national characters were engaged in their building. They all pay reference to classical Rome and to Italian precedents. This talk aims to explain why and how they do this. It concentrates on the background out of which these houses grew and explains some of the thinking behind their creation. It aims to better inform the visitor to them, to add to their visit rather than to obviate the need to make one.