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The Chase

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                     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 in 1866 and stood on an eminence       ( Go to the end of the page for more information).
 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.

       Framingham Hall c.1900  when the Fitzgeralds lived there.
                                 (Pic. R.Gooderham)

Ena Newman , nanny to the Colman family, 1928-1933.

The travel clock presented to her on leaving.

                                       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.

The Arboretum.
                        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.

                                                                                           FURTHER INFORMATION

                                          Tithe Map c.1845                                                                       Ordnance1st.Edition c.1882

Rumoured that the original house was demolished and rebuilt as the seat of Major Fitzgerald, 1866, would appear to be well founded by maps above.
 See ?  in the information below.