“Every inch of the interior is interesting
this is a truly historic house”
Simon Jenkins: Thousand Best Houses
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.
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.
Wingfield college is no longer open to the public.
We would like to say a big thank you to Invitation To View
and all the people who have come to visit us
over the last fifteen years or so.
© Wingfield College 2022