Woolverstone Hall, Ipswich

Gate house north west of Freston Park on the banks of the River Orwell.

Freston Park is best known for its six storey tower which is thought to have been built in 1578 by wealthy Ipswich merchant called Thomas Gooding as a lookout post. Arguably to be Britains oldest folly the tower is now owned by the Landmark Trust. Adjacent timber framed house circa 16th century much altered and extended arranged around courtyard plan. Now subdivided into 4 cottages.

Park land associated with Woolverstone Hall, an 18th century house built for William Berners, a property developer from London. Palladian style house designed by John Johnson of Leicestershire with a central block comprising of main living areas flanked by two smaller wings. Local folk lore tells the tale of William Berners’ pet monkey raising the alarm when Woolverstone Hall caught fire enabling the family to escape unharmed. Following this, Berners had images and statues of monkeys made to adorn the Woolverstone Hall estate.

Freston, Suffolk

Freston, Suffolk