Over the coming weeks and months [or even possibly years] I will place photos of some of the historic Grade I Listed Buildings within the County, there are over 400 of these alone. These are of course Listed in order that they cannot be altered in any way without prior permission being granted and not only are these buildings important to the county they are indeed important to the country
They are our buildings, some very old and some not so old, we are very lucky to have them on our doorstep, make sure you take your children and grandchildren to some of these places. Look at the detail of the craftsmanship that went into making these of such National & Historic Interest, I hope you enjoy them as much as my wife, I and my children of another two generations have done so, it is better to see them first hand than in any history class in any school
See the grading system here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listed_building
I will concentrate on divided areas of Suffolk starting with the Grade I Listed Buildings of Ipswich
Ipswich Grade I Listed Buildings
The Church of St Margaret is the most aesthetically pleasing place of worship in Ipswich, the building sits on St Margarets Green adjacent to Christchurch Park and Mansion it is of 15c design.
A detailed description can be found here http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-275560-church-of-st-margaret-ipswich
The Ancient House or Sparrowe's House, Buttermarket, Ipswich 14c completed in 1567
This building has to be one of the finest in Suffolk, each time I see this building I can place myself here some several hundreds of years ago and see so many other fine buildings around me, well I can dream can't I?
The interior is as ornate inside as outside, there are wonderful ceilings and a fireplace and a lovely staircase see here for the finer details http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/Details/Default.aspx?id=275410 and Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_House,_Ipswich
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich 1548-1550
Regarded by some as the historic showpiece of Ipswich, it certainly sits in a beautiful park in which I have seen it in better times! The panelled walls within and the paintings of John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and other artists together with many other artefacts make this a must half day visit when visiting Ipswich.
It is not on the same grand scale as eg Kentwell Hall at Long Melford but it certainly is a history lesson in itself and it is with thanks to the likes of Felix Cobbold for letting us all share their heritage, I have been here on many an occasion and will continue to do so
Wolsey's Gateway to The Cardinals College of St. Mary 1528
This is not ideally situated in todays one way traffic system in College Street, Ipswich, it is difficult to view [or even photograph] it is off the beaten track but it is an important piece of the history of the town from what must be regarded as the most famous person of Ipswich.
I recall a number of years ago that it was suggested that the gateway be dismantled and moved to Christchurch Park where other memorials from the town centre have ended up. Personally I would like to see this structure remain where it is adjacent to that other fine building St peter's Church