Somerleyton Hall

MORTON PETO

Who links Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column and the Houses of Parliament to the small village of Somerleyton on the East Norfolk/Suffolk border?

Morton Peto was an entrepreneur and civil engineer in the nineteenth century who was a partner in the company that built these iconic buildings. He became a millionaire from these projects, and spent a large portion of his earnings on Somerleyton Hall, a grand mansion with an estate of over 5,000 acres. He then dedicated seven years to rebuilding it, shaping it into a spectacular Anglo-Italian manor.

Somerleyton Hall can be found just a few miles from Lowestoft. You can find out more on the official website.

 

Photo: Chris Ibbotson (Flickr)