Hales Hall & The Great Barn were built in 1478 by Sir James Hobart, the Attorney General to Henry VII. He acquired the estate from Sir Roger de Hales whose daughter married the Duke of Norfolk.
The 178ft Great Barn is the largest surviving Tudor brick barn in Britain and features a superb example of a ‘queen-post’ roof. The timbers have been recently dated back to the 14th century. There are 170 loophole windows used possibly for defending the estate and The Hall features a fine roof constructed in 1601 after a fire in 1598.
Sir James created a unique triple moated complex with defensive walls and a massive hall, barn and gatehouse with a service wing. He became Henry VII’s Attorney General and was an extremely able and successful lawyer.
He paid for the repairs to the nave roof of Norwich Cathedral after a fire and helped compile the Statutes of Henry VII, the last book printed by William Caxton. His youngest son Myles founded the line that built Blickling Hall, while the eldest son, Walter, remained a staunch Catholic and faced huge fines as a recusant. By 1647 the family’s great fortune had run out and Hales was acquired by Dionysia, Lady Williamson, a descendant of the de Hales family. She has a fine alabaster tomb in Loddon Church.
Hales Hall & The Great Barn fell into agricultural use by 1971 when the Read family purchased it and the Read family decided to turn the Great Barn into a wedding business in the year 2000.
Hales Hall is set on the edge of Hales Green, seventy acres in size and one of only a few ‘commons’ still grazed by cattle, rare breed in this case and is a haven for wildlife. At the heart of the Waveney Valley, Hales Hall is surrounded by the market towns of Loddon, Bungay and Beccles and is close to the historic city of Norwich, only 13 miles away and within easy reach of the Norfolk and Suffolk coast.
We have funding from the Rural Development Programme for England to protect and maintain this wonderful building. The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU.