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Framlingham Castle, Framlingham

Description: Framlingham Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 December 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 286297

OS Grid Reference: TM2866663768
OS Grid Coordinates: 628666, 263768
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2246, 1.3466

Location: Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9BS

Locality: Framlingham
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP13 9BS

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Listing Text


2/19 Framlingham Castle.


Castle ruins. In flint and coursed septaria with frees tone quoins and
dressings. Battlemented curtain walls and 13 square cowers built by Roger
Bigod II in a reconstruction of 1190-1200, incorporating fragments, between
the 6th and 7th towers,of walls and of a stone hall built in the early C12 by
Hugh Bigod. Gateway and bridge built by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk,
circa 1520-30 to replace the earlier drawbridge. His arms are set over the
entrance in a worn stone panel. The red brick chimney-stacks with ornamental
shafts which top the towers were added at about the same time; some are
dummies. In 1635 the castle was sold by Theophilus Howard, Earl of Suffolk,
to Sir Robert Hitcham, who bequeathed it in the following year to Pembroke
College, Cambridge, stipulating that the buildings within the walls should be
demolished and a Poor-House built. The buildings were gradually demolished
during the course of the next century. The historical and architectural
development of the Castle is fully described in the Department of the
Environment Official Handbook (H.M.S.O) and also dealt with in its brief
illustrated guide.

Listing NGR: TM2866663768

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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