Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (fifth creation)

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Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, KB (17 June 1697 – 20 April 1759) was an English land-owner and patron of the arts. He is particularly noted for commissioning the design and construction of Holkham Hall in north Norfolk. Between 1722 and 1728, he was one of the two Members of Parliament for Norfolk. He was honoured by being created first Earl of Leicester, in a recreation of an ancient earldom. Life He was the son of Edward Coke (Coke is pronounced "Cook") and Carey Newton.
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