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Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Description: Christchurch Mansion

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 275383

OS Grid Reference: TM1659344957
OS Grid Coordinates: 616593, 244957
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0606, 1.1582

Location: Bolton Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2BE

Locality: Ipswich
Local Authority: Ipswich Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP4 2BE

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Listing Text

1260 Christchurch Mansion

TM 1644 NE 2/2 19.12.51


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

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Source: English Heritage

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