Christchurch Mansion

Listed Buildings in Ipswich: No 29 Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion

It’s been awhile since my last ‘listed buildings in Ipswich’ post so to resume the series here is a shot of Christchurch Mansion. A short walk from the town centre, at the southern end of Christchurch Park, the mansion was built by Sir Edmund Withipoll between 1548-50 on the site of what was once the Priory of the Holy Trinity. In later years it was owned by the Cobbold family who bequeathed it to the Borough Council in 1895. The mansion is now a Museum and Art Gallery and home to the largest collection of the works of Gainsborough and Constable outside of the capital. Although the upper floors were rebuilt following a fire in 1670, and a wing added during the Victorian era, the ground floor and red brick exterior remain more or less as they were when first constructed. One of the jewels of Ipswich.

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