The Tattingstone Wonder

16 Aug 1999
The Tattingstone Wonder, The Wonder, Tattingstone, Babergh, Suffolk
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


22.2.55 The Tattingstone Wonder


Folly church, masking a dwelling (originally 3 cottages). Converted into its present folly form from an older building circa 1790, by Thomas White of Tattingstone Place, as cut on a chimney brick with initials T.W. originally timber framed, the north face, east gabled return and west tower resemble the nave and tower of a church and are flint faced with gault brick rusticated quoins and dressings, red plain tiled roof continues through to rear and south of the 3 sided mock tower. Rear chimney stack. Dentilled eaves cornice. Plinth. North face:- 2 two-light windows, 2-centred heads, rusticated 2-centred arches with keystones over. There is a similar window of 3 lights with tracery over to the east face with a circular, square-leaded window above. The 3 faces of the mock tower have crow stepped crenellations with a gault band under. Stepped buttresses to angles. Blocked 2-centre arched "Belfry" windows to all faces, western face has similar windows to 1st and 2nd stages, that to first stage with leaded lights. Western ground floor window of 3 lights similar to eastern window. Rear wall, brick, gault dentilled eaves and quoins, 3 first floor 2-light leaded casements, 3 nailed vertically boarded doors and 2 windows to ground floor. The north, "Church" face can be seen from Tattingstone Place and forms part of the landscaped park. The tradition is that Squire White said:- "People often wondered at nothing, so he would give them something to wonder about." P G M Dickinson. The Little Guides, Suffolk 1957. White's Suffolk - 1844.

Listing NGR: TM1391436285


This is part of the Series: IOE\Edwards_Russell IOE Records for Edwards, Russell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


Copyright IoE Mr Russell Edwards. Source Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Edwards, Russell

Rights Holder: Edwards, Russell


Brick, Flint, Tile, Timber, Georgian Timber Framed Building, Monument <By Form>, Church, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Place Of Worship, Folly, Gardens Parks And Urban Spaces, Garden Building, House, Domestic, Dwelling, Landscape Park, Park