Wingfield College

“Every inch of the interior is interesting

this is a truly historic house”

Simon Jenkins: Thousand Best Houses

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Open for tours 2017

May 26th (Friday) at 2pm

June 9th (Friday) at 2pm

July 15th (Weds) at 2pm

Sept 15th (Friday) at 2pm

Please note that tickets must be booked in advance. Special group tours also available. More info here.

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One of the most extraordinary house and gardens in Suffolk, the grand Georgian façade of Wingfield College conceals a rare mediaeval survival: the remnants of a chantry college of priests, complete with a cloister walk and a Great Hall from 1362. It is part of the history of education in England and a reflection of the great wealth and power of mediaeval East Anglia.

Now a private family home, the site of the old college is of rare historical and archaeological interest. It is associated with many important and colourful historical characters, including The Black Prince, Mary Tudor, Henry VIII and the de la Pole family (the Dukes of Suffolk and one of the most powerful families in mediaeval England). It also has a unique topiary garden and (in season) beautiful wild flowers and orchids.

To see a free digital reconstruction of the mediaeval college and castle, click here.

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The book:

The 650th anniversary of the foundation of Wingfield College has resulted in this splendid new academic book. Contributors include Eamon Duffy, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Mark Bailey and John Goodall. More information about the book here.

Available from the publisher here, and from Amazon here.

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