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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1037784



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: Ipswich

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 19-Dec-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 275383

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1. 1260 Christchurch Mansion

TM 1644 NE 2/2 19.12.51


2. A fine C16 red brick mansion with some blue brick diapering. It is E shaped on plan and stands in a large park, now the property of the town. It is now used as a museum. Built in 1548 by Sir Edmund Withipoll on the site of the C12 Augustinian priory of Holy Trinity. The south front has wings extending at the east and west ends and a central 2 storeyed balustraded entance porch projects on the front, with heavy Tuscan half- columns at the corners, rising through 2 storeys. The upper storey and much of the interior was rebuilt after a serious fire which occured shortly before 1674. The part of the building which survived the fire has blue brick diapering. The south front has 7 Dutch gables surmounted by pediments, 3 on the centre block and 2 on each side wing. 2 storeys and attics, the centre block has 5 window range and the side wings have 4 window range each, mullioned and transomed casements with glazing bars and small panes. The ground storey has 8-light windows with moulded architraves and pediments and there are 2 corner square bay windows. The side wings have central 6-panel doors with moulded architraves, pediments ans small bullseye windows above the pediments. The west front is C18, probably after 1732 when the house became the property of the Fonnereau family. A panel in a gable on the west front bears the date 1764. The windows are irregular in arrangement, mainly double-hung sashes with glazing bars (2 windows are oriel bays). There is an 8-panel door with a rectangular fanlight with glazing bars, a moulded architrave and a cornice. A wing extends on the east front with 2 Dutch gables. The interior has panelling and fireplaces of the 1674/75 reconstruction. It is now used as a museum with a number of framed structures from other parts of the town re-erected inside.

Listing NGR: TM1659344957

Selected Sources

Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 39 Suffolk,

National Grid Reference: TM 16593 44957


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