First release of the new guides for Suffolk since 1957 – and we get quite a few mentions!

It has been 58 years since the last edition of the Pevsner Architectural Guide for this area was published, so we at Nicholas Jacob Architects purchased the two editions as soon as they were available. Both are fully revised by architectural historian, Dr James Bettley.

The Pevsner Architectural Guides is a series of guide books to the architecture of Britain that began in the 1940s by art historian, Sir Nikolaus Pevser. The guides offer detailed coverage of the most notable buildings in the British Isles.

We are delighted to see that we are mentioned several times in the latest Suffolk: East guide as a result of projects we have worked on. Here are some extracts straight from the book.

Hoxne – Hoxne Hall
‘Flint pebbles, with dressings of thin, locally made red bricks, Gabled front with stepped three-light window, above it a roundel depicting the capture of King Edmund beneath Goldbrook Bridge, and on the apex of the gable a statue of him, both by Harry Hems. Enlarged in matching style by Nicholas Jacob Architects, 1999-2000.’

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Ipswich – Church of St Margaret

‘Certainly the most spectacular church in Ipswich… …’
‘…a flushwork-panelled front and three niches above the entrance, all restored. Lion stops to the hoodmould dated 1993, part of a major programme of repairs to the church by Nicholas Jacob Architects completed in 1996.’

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Bury St Edmunds – Abbey
‘The w front was restored as five houses by Nicholas Jacob Architects, 2005-6. Their backs are a charming jumble of medieval and later work, and the w end of the nave and aisles is still largely buried under their gardens…’

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Yaxley – Yaxley Hall
‘Conventional sashes and pedimented doorway on the ground floor. Above them, two small windows and one large Gothick window. The latter has an ogee top and is an accurate replacement by Nicholas Jacob, 2006, of the original that was taken out in 1905.’

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