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Statutory Address:

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

East Suffolk (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TM 45468 57880


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TM45NE LEISTON ROAD 837-1/2/32 (West side) 27/02/50 Red House


House. Late C17 core, extended to south early in C18 and given a mid C19 facade to east, forming double-pile plan. Red brick; machine tiled roofs with irregular stacks, including square C17 chimney plinth on rear range, with 7 octagonal flues. EXTERIOR: main front of 2 storeys and 3 bays: 2-storey 3-window extension to left. Main front has central double-leaf door with glazed upper panels set behind a C20 glazed porch. One 8/8 unhorned sash right and left; on first floor, three similar sashes. Extension has half-glazed door between canted bay window to right and two horned sashes with 8/8 glazing bars to left: three similar sashes on first floor. Rear: patches of irregular early C18 brickwork and casement windows from various periods. INTERIOR: one chamfered bridging beam with jewel stops to north-west ground-floor room, the east stops cut off to allow construction of main front block. Late C19 stick-baluster staircase in front block. HISTORY: This was the home of the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, who lived together at the Red House from 1957 until Britten’s death in 1976.  Pears continued to live there until his death in 1986. The Red House is now the home of the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Listing NGR: TM4546857880


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

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Date: 04 Sep 2002
Reference: IOE01/06869/12
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Keith Atkins. Source Historic England Archive
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