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Pictures of Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

a Historic Building in the town of Ipswich, in the county of Suffolk

About Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

This stunning red brick Elizabethan house was built in 1548 for a wealthy merchant with cultural leanings, therefore it is entirely fitting that today the building is a charming museum showing a fascinating art collection.

The beautiful Tudor house was built at the behest of Edmund Withipoll, it remained with various members of this family until it was sold to Claude Fonnereau in around 1750. His family lived there until 1894, after-which the building was threatened with demolition. This was avoided by the generosity of Felix Cobold, a banker, who bought the mansion and presented it to Ipswich Corporation. It has been a museum since 1896.

In 1929 new galleries were built attached to the main building, including the Wolsey Art Gallery, here only the finest works of the Ipswich Museum are placed for public display.

The rooms in the house are furnished in a variety of period styles, from Tudor to Victorian and the Wingfield Room has panelling from the town house of the Wingfield family. All the rooms feature outstanding period furniture and pieces of antiquity.

Today, in this lovely house you can see a fine collection of works of art from several centuries, many of them by Suffolk artists. It has the finest collection of paintings by Gainsborough and Constable to be seen anywhere outside of London.

There are also constantly changing displays of contemporary art.

Christchurch Mansion in its beautiful parkland setting offers visitors a wonderful experience, it is not surprising therefore to learn it is now one of East Anglia's chief tourist attractions.

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