Pictures of buildings mentioned in the “Suffolk” volume of “The Buildings of England” series by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner.


A small town drawn out along a main, but not really very busy, road.  Quite pretty but a bit shabby in places.  Could be beautiful.  Very like turning the calendar back a decade or three.  Friendly natives.


This is not the site for Suffolk Churches, but the roof inside St John Baptist (from the period 1458 - 1478) had to be worth a couple of photographs. You have to read Pevsner’s description of the roof about which he concludes “The roof had to be described in detail to make everybody appreciate what the significance of Needham Market is.  For in every other respect the church is a bitter disappointment. Externally it looks like a Nonconformist chapel built in a main street in Victorian times, and with not enough money”. He quotes Crossley “the climax of English roof construction” and Cautley “the culminating achievement of the English carpenter”.


The Friends’ Meeting House is hidden behind the archway and I am grateful to those at the Post Office and shop for permission to take photographs.  It seems rather bedraggled and unloved.


The Limes may not be as pictured as it was not so named.  The Limes Hotel a few doors away is of similar construction but 6 bay (not shown).


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Needham Market