Suffolk: West James Bettley

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
07 Apr 2015
680 pages: 216 x 120 x 38mm
120 color illus.

From small timber-framed houses to sprawling manors, this comprehensive guide to west Suffolk presents an impressive range of buildings from across the centuries. At its center lies the town of Bury St. Edmunds, site of one of Norman England's most powerful abbeys, whose monolithic gates remain as a local landmark. Other towns boast impressive architecture as well, including Newmarket, where the racetrack and other unique structures support its role as a historic and international center for horse breeding and racing. Also attesting to the remarkable variation of west Suffolk's buildings are a number of impressively grand residences, such as the fine Elizabethan manors of Long Melford, Majarajah Duleep Singh's palace at Elveden, and the extraordinary circular mansion of Ickworth.

James Bettley is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and chairman of the Chelmsford Diocesan Committee for the Care of Churches. He is the author of Essex (Buildings of England).

‘… an immense contribution to the study of Suffolk’s architecture. Everyone interested in the county’s buildings will find something to cure their ignorance, inform their curiosity and stimulate their interest. And for the best travelled, there will be surprises and revelations, even in the photographs.’—John Goodall, Country Life

‘James Bettley is proving to be one of Pevsner’s most respectful successors…’—Gillian Darley, the Guardian

‘… the most ambitious recent Pevsner revision, with so many new entries it has been divided into east and west, each well over 600 pages. The illustrations, almost all taken by Paul Highnam, are a consistent triumph, capturing every building in a revealing light’—Marcus Binney, the Times

“This is a book that should be read with love and care, and for all the trivia that can be picked up from its pages.”—Chris Green, Suffolk & Norfolk Life

‘How lucky we British are in this wonderful series (and what a gift to the nation from a refugee: those denigrating migrants please note). The virtues of Pevsner’s rebarbative prose remain, plus a treasure trove of new information and ravishing colour pictures taking us up to the present decade. Perfection.’ – Diarmaid Macculloch, The Tablet, ‘Books of the Year’

“This new ‘Pevsner’ for Suffolk has a much higher level of scholarship and as a result is greatly expanded… I would strongly recommend.”—John Walker, Vernacular Architecture