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Easter Saturday 2016 (26 March)

Just a reminder that we shall be visiting Stowmarket parish church (St.Peter and St. Mary’s) and Gipping Chapel, the former property of Sir James Tyrrell. Please meet at Lime Tree Cafe in Stowmarket at c.12:50 and it would be helpful to know how many vehicles we will have, to access Gipping.


September Newsletter 2015


We are sorry this has not been blogged before.

Christchurch Mansion

IMG_0123 IMG_0124 IMG_0126Yesterday, we made our extra visit for 2016, to Christchurch Mansion in the eponymous Ipswich Park. The building is generally reckoned to date from 1548 but may have adapted much of the Priory that previously occupied the site, instead of replacing it. The seven of us who gathered at the Park’s south gate, near St. Margaret’s Church, headed for the tea rooms first before emerging to explore the many themed rooms in the staple-shaped building.
Many of these were filled with artefacts from the centuries after the Mansion’s construction but it was also replete with art relating to the many prominent local families after which nearby roads are named – Withypoll, Fonnereau, Devereux and Neale – whilst there were also images of Charles I and the Puritan vandal William Dowsing, collections by Gainsborough and Constable and modern art by Picasso, Pisarro and others. We can be sure that, if the Priory was totally dissolved in 1536, it was not by Wolsey although Thomas Cromwell and Brian Tuke were among his secretaries and both outlived him.

Interesting Link

This link has been found by a sharp-eyed Society member living in Australia. It’s sure to give many hours of happy investigation!

10 Places to Visit in Medieval London

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