Freston Tower

23 Aug 1999
Freston Tower, Freston, 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.

TM 13 NE FRESTON FRESTON PARK 4/11 Freston Tower 22-2-55 GV II* Look-out tower. c1550 possibly for Latymer family of Ipswich. Orange brick with blue brick diapering. Six storeys, 10 by 12 feet with polygonal staircase turret to river front. Later door to rear which was formerly set in a gabled porch (NMR).

Polygonal angle buttresses surmounted by pinnacles. String courses to 1st, 3rd and 6th floors. Open-arcaded parapet. Double-chamfered 3-light mullion windows formerly rendered to represent stone with moulded brick pediments to upper floors. Mullion and transom windows to 6th floor. Double-chamfered light to each face of stair turret which is surmounted by a panelled parapet. Interior (not fully inspected): timber newel spiral stair. Photgraphs in NMR. Probable Ipswich merchant's look-out tower.

Commanding a fine view of the River Orwell.

Listing NGR: TM1779239664


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

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