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Chicago  |  Thursday November 9

Lecture   Holkham: A Family Home for Over 400 Years

The Casino    195 East Delaware Place  |  6:30 PM

photo of the lecturer Thomas Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester

Thomas Coke went to Eton and then studied Art History at the University of Manchester.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts, Tom served in the British Army for six years in the Scots Guards Regiment.

He took over the running of the estate in 2006 and became Earl in 2015.

He lives in the Hall's Family Wing with his wife Polly and their children, Hermione, Juno, Edward, and Elizabeth, as well as four dogs and their mischievous parrot, Basil.

Holkham: A Family Home for Over 400 Years

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Situated on the stunning north Norfolk coast, Holkham is one of the finest examples of a centuries-old family estate adapting to the modern age.

Thomas Coke, the 8th Earl of Leicester, stewards the thriving 25,000 acre estate, which has belonged to the Coke family since 1609.

Its magnificent Palladian style Hall was built by the 1st Earl between 1734 and 1764. The Earl commissioned William Kent to design a building to reflect his passion and appreciation for Italian art and architecture, and to house the collection he acquired on his Grand Tour.

The interior state rooms feature superb examples of sculpture, tapestries, and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, and Gainsborough, among others.

Besides 7,400 acres of farm land managed by the farming company, the estate has other businesses, including a boutique hotel, a holiday park, various renewable energy projects, a National Nature Reserve, and the care of over 300 estate houses, many of which are over 150 years old. Beloved by the Royal family and tourists alike, Holkham's beach draws some 800,000 visitors a year.

One of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country, it became world-famous as the beach Gwyneth Paltrow strolled across in the final scenes of Shakespeare in Love.

Tom, who took over the running of the estate in 2006, will speak to Royal Oak audiences about the history of his family home and illustrate its exquisite interiors. He will also discuss the challenges of maintaining such a grand estate, which draws nearly 1,000,000 visitors a year.

Chicago  |  Thursday November 9

Lecture   Holkham: A Family Home for Over 400 Years

The Casino    195 East Delaware Place  |  6:30 PM

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