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: IOE01/0665 IOE Records taken by Russell Edwards; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Russell Edwards. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

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