Pevsner in Suffolk

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

This web site has been extensively revised in 2021 to overcome obsolescence of the previous program used to construct it and to make the whole site mobile friendly. Some of the page naming has changed so apologies if some of your previous bookmarks no longer work.

The intention is to show buildings recorded by, and mostly seen by, Pevsner himself.

Any page references are to the second edition, revised by Enid Radcliffe (Yale University Press 2002: ISBN: 0 300 09648 8) unless otherwise stated. The first edition was published in 1961 and a revised (second) edition in 1974, but was first published by Yale UP in 2002 and this is the edition mainly used for this site.

The latest ("third") edition revised by James Bettley is in two volumes: Suffolk West and Suffolk East. These volumes have extended the coverage to all Grade I and Grade II* buildings, and became available in Spring 2015. They are highly recommended. I am grateful to Mr Bettley for reference to this site at the end of the Introduction in both volumes.

Towns and villages covered are listed below (click on “Home” at the top or bottom of the pages to return here). The number of photographs on each page is in brackets.


Akenham (2); Aldeburgh (19); Alderton (2); Bardwell (5): Barsham (6); Bawdsey (4); Beccles (21); Bedfield (5); Bildeston (10); Botesdale (10); Boxford (10); Boxsted (2); Bramfield (3); Bramford (2); Brandeston (1); Brent Eleigh (3); Bruisyard (7); Bulcamp (8); Bungay (20); Bures (40); Bury St Edmunds (50); Butley (15); Cavendish (3); Chelsworth (15); Clare (14); Cotton (4); Crowfield (3); Crows Hall (6); Culford (5)

Debenham (7); Denston (4); Dunwich (8); East Bergholt (6); Elmswell (2); Erwarton (3); Euston (8); Eye (15); Felixstowe (9); Finningham (1); Flatford (5); Framlingham (19); Framsden (3); Fressingfield (6); Freston (13); Frostenden (1)

Giffords Hall (5); Gislingham (2); Glemsford (6); Great Saxham (6); Great Thurlow (9); Great Waldringfield (1); Hadleigh (36); Halesworth (15); Hartest (3); Haughley (11); Hawkedon (1); Hawstead (2); Hemingstone (2); Henstead (4); Heveningham (10); Hintlesham (6); Hitcham (2); Holbrook (8); Horham (1); Hundon (2); Ickworth (7); Ilketshall St Andrew (1); Ipswich (10)

Kersey (12); Knodishall (3); Langham (3); Lavenham (23); Laxfield (5); Leiston (10); Letheringham (5); Lidgate (4); Lindsey (5); Little Glemham (5); Little Wenham (3); Long Melford (16); Lowestoft (12)

Martlesham (1); Mendham (2); Mettingham (1); Nayland (14); Needham Market (17); Nettlestead (7); Newbourne (2); Orford (3); Otley (11); Ousden (5);

Parham (5); Peasenhall (2); Pettistree (2); Playford (4); Polstead (6); Rendlesham (4); Rumburgh (1); Saxmundham (4); Seckford Hall (8); Shrubland Park (5); Sizewell (1); Snape (4); Somersham (1); South Elmham St Cross (7); South Elmham St Peter (3); Southwold (21); Sproughton (2); Stansfield (1); Stanstead (1); Stoke by Clare (4); Stoke by Nayland (6); Stowlangtoft (1); Stowmarket (8): Stowupland (6); Stratford St Mary (6); Sudbury (21); Syleham (1);

Thorington Hall (7); Thorpeness (19); Ufford (8)

Walpole (2); Westhorpe (5); West Stow (13); Whepstead (2); Wickham Market (5); Wingfield (11); Woodbridge (19); Woolpit (7); Woolverstone (4); Wrentham (2); Yaxley (1); Yoxford (6)

This web-site is intended to be used in conjunction with the books, so some descriptions of the buildings are light or omitted. They are more extensive where they involve mediaeval or Tudor bricks (where Suffolk is especially important), the dukes of Suffolk and where the information can be expanded from other sources.

With a few exceptions the photographs do not include churches, which are very well represented on a
Suffolk Churches web-site and another one called Angels and Pinnacles. However, some Chapels, Meeting Houses etc are included here. Church buffs may also like The Angel Roofs of East Anglia.

Guildhalls - or Gildhalls - used to be featured on this site even when not included in Pevsner. As part of a recent update (2021) these can now be found on a separate site about Suffolk Guildhalls at (or even

Those mentioned by Pevsner (Edition 2) are to be found in:
Bury St Edmunds; Debenham; Eye; Gislingham; Guild Hall of Corpus Christi, Lavenham; Hitcham; Laxfield; Fressingfield Gild House; Hadleigh; Kelsale; Stoke by Nayland; Yaxley;


Dukes and Earls of Suffolk


Sources (books and online)

Copyright. The owner of this web site owns the copyright of all the photographs unless otherwise stated.

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