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Wingfield Old College & Gardens

One of the most extraordinary house and gardens in Suffolk, the grand Georgian façade of Wingfield College conceals a rare mediaeval survival: the remnants of a chantry college of priests, complete with a cloister walk and a Great Hall from 1362.


It is part of the history of education in England and a reflection of the great wealth and power of mediaeval East Anglia.

Now a private family home, the site of the old college is of rare historical and archaeological interest. It is associated with many important and colourful historical characters, including The Black Prince, Mary Tudor, Henry VIII and the de la Pole family (the Dukes of Suffolk and one of the most powerful families in mediaeval England). It also has a unique topiary garden and (in season) beautiful wild flowers and orchids.