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Arts and Letters at Holkham

By Linda Tancs

One of the finest surviving examples of the Anglo-Palladian architectural style is Holkham Hall, an English country manor on the Norfolk coast occupied by Viscount Coke and two other families.  Its three libraries house over 10,000 books, one of the most important and enviable literature collections in the country.   So vast is its collection that the libraries form half the area of the first floor of the family wing.  The property has an equally compelling manuscript collection (some dating to the 12th century), frequently loaned to galleries and museums in Italy, Germany, England, Japan and America.  Holkham is two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea; the nearest rail station is King’s Lynn.  The Norfolk Coasthopper runs from King’s Lynn to Sheringham and has two stops at Holkham.

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