Helmingham Hall & Classic and Vintage Cars

The Tollemache family came to England from Avranches, Normandy, around the time of the Norman invasion, establishing a family home at Bentley, near Ipswich. (Simon talks of the church in Bentley here.) The name was ‘Talemache’ which apparently meant ‘cup bearer’ and Hugh Talemache was a cupbearer to Henry I, the son of William the Conqueror. So, the French connections for this family were very strong.

Then, ‘..in 1487 John Tollemache married Elizabeth Joyce, the heiress of Helmingham… where the Joyce family home of Creke Hall stood. John Tollemache and his wife proceeded to pull this down and build Helmingham [Hall], completed in 1510, as it stands today..’.

Helmingham Hall from the air

Helmingham Hall today, as seen from the air

Helmingham Hall, layout of Hall and gardens

Layout of Helmingham Hall and gardens

The Hall, surrounded by c.400 acres of farmland and parkland, is one of the largest moated houses in Suffolk. The Hall is protected by a C16 moat with two working drawbridges.

Main bridge and drawbridge at Helmingham Hall

Main bridge and drawbridge at Helmingham Hall

Side bridge and drawbridge at Helmingham Hall

Side bridge and drawbridge at Helmingham Hall

‘..Between 1745 and 1760 the fourth Earl made alterations to the exterior of the Hall, added the present stable block and built a wall around the moated garden..’, where the walled gardens were created in 1762.

The outer wall of the Walled Garden, looking towards Helmingham Hall

The outer wall of the Walled Garden, looking towards Helmingham Hall

A quiet corner, just outside the Walled Garden, with the surrounding moat

A quiet corner, just outside the Walled Garden, with the surrounding moat

The moat around the Walled Garden

The moat around the Walled Garden

And inside the walls – flowers, walks and vegetable gardens

Persicaria and roses

Persicaria and roses

Achillea 'Gold Plate'

Achillea ‘Gold Plate’

Dahlias

Dahlias

Busy bees

Busy bees

More busy bees!

More busy bees!

One of the long borders

One of the long borders

The herb, knot and rose garden

The herb, knot and rose garden

And today it was a Show with Classic and Vintage cars!

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And at the end of the day the oak avenue, planted in 1680, down which the cars paraded.

The avenue of oaks planted in 1680 and leading to the Hall

The avenue of oaks planted in 1680 and leading to the Hall

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4 thoughts on “Helmingham Hall & Classic and Vintage Cars

  1. Dear Mrs Blackham, will it be possible to have a high resolution version of the image showing the armoury at Helmingham Hall? It is for personal use. Thanking you in advance, best wishes. Carlo Paggiarino

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