Framingham Hall (The Chase)
The actual house ,originally Framingham Hall, and north Lodge were just in Framingham Pigot. The south Lodge, stables, other buildings and the majority of the
estate were in Framingham Earl.
It was a large mansion built as the seat of Major Fitzgerald and stood on an eminence commanding extensive views.
Framingham Hall was re-named 'The Chase' when the property was sold to the Colman family. Geoffrey Colman died in 1935 but his widow, Lettice, lived
in The Chase with her five children until her death in 1970. A few years later the house was demolished.
The renovated stables and outbuildings remain as habitable dwellings on the Framingham Earl side of the estate.
Sir Timothy Colman has been largely responsible for the development of the arboretum since 1986.The established planting on the estate
dates from the eighteenth century and by 1841 Grigor was commenting on the fine cedars here. Sadly one has been removed which had a diameter of at least 5 feet. Sir Timothy had an eye for the future and has planted young cedars to continue the tradition. Amongst other notable trees a wonderful Picea smithiana, a fine Acer grieum, a Davidia, a Halesia, Bird cherries, an Acer campbelli, a Wollemia nobillis and many Oaks , Horse chestnuts and Rhododendrons.
South Lodge North lodge
The site of the old hall The remaining buildings
The view looking east. On a clear day you can see the
water tower at Caister- on - Sea.
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