From small timber-framed houses to sprawling manors, this comprehensive guide to west Suffolk presents an impressive range of buildings from across the centuries. At its center lies the town of Bury St. Edmunds, site of one of Norman England’s most powerful abbeys, whose monolithic gates remain as a local landmark. Other towns boast impressive architecture as well, including Newmarket, where the racetrack and other unique structures support its role as a historic and international center for horse breeding and racing. Also attesting to the remarkable variation of west Suffolk’s buildings are a number of impressively grand residences, such as the fine Elizabethan manors of Long Melford, Majarajah Duleep Singh’s palace at Elveden, and the extraordinary circular mansion of Ickworth.
James Bettley is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and chairman of the Chelmsford Diocesan Committee for the Care of Churches. He is the author of Essex (Buildings of England).
‘James Bettley is proving to be one of Pevsner’s most respectful successors…’—Gillian Darley, the Guardian.
~Gillian Darley, The Guardian
‘… the most ambitious recent Pevsner revision, with so many new entries it has been divided into east and west, each well over 600 pages. The illustrations, almost all taken by Paul Highnam, are a consistent triumph, capturing every building in a revealing light’—Marcus Binney, the Times.
~Marcus Binney, The Times
“Much of the additional material and on both rural and urban buildings represents original research, well presented and well-illustrated and from documentary archives… Reason enough for even the seasoned professional to reach for the Pevsner before tackling the internet.”—Leigh Alston, Landscape History
~Leigh Alston, Landscape History
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