Friends’ newsletter: issue 15
In the last issue we mentioned the plan to purchase display cases, and have now done so. These will be used for the Caroline Norton exhibition planned to coincide with the Hall’s opening this year. They have been made by Woodgate Furniture, a firm based on the Estate, and they will form the basis for future exhibitions.
Next year is the 450th anniversary of the Rising of the North in which Thomas Markenfield and his uncle, Richard Norton (whose two portraits hang in the Chapel) were both involved. The Rising failed and both Thomas and Richard fled abroad. Markenfield was confiscated and its history for the next 200 years has only recently been revealed.
Fletcher Norton, who purchased the Estate in 1761, was a direct descendant of Sir Richard. The Rising has been so significant in the life of the Estate that we want to do something to mark it. One irony is that maybe… to continue reading please click HERE
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