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Woolverstone House (formerly St. Peter’s Home)

Gazetteer No. G0106

Date 1901

Address Mannings Lane Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1AN England


Woolverstone House. By Edwin Lutyens, 1900–2, during his partnership with Baynes Badcock. Commissioned by C.H. Berners as a house of rest and small school for the sisterhood of St Peter, Kilburn, of which Berners was a trustee. It became a private house in 1920. Built of narrow red bricks and red clay tiles. Enclosed entrance courtyard, the three single-storey outer ranges originally for services and dining hall. On the far side of the courtyard the main house with three tile-hung gables, the front door set back behind a deep loggia, the upper floor supported on piers of tiles. Former chapel (with bell-turret set in a chimneystack) projecting to the l. On the garden front, two projecting single-storey wings with catslide roofs that wrap round wide, gable-like chimneystacks. Inside, groin-vaulted main corridor with all the main rooms opening off it and facing the contemporary sunken garden. (Bettley & Pevsner, 2018, p.606) Sunken garden to rear of Woolverstone House GV II Sunk garden. 1901 by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Mrs Berners. Stone slabs, brick and tiles. Paved area with brick retaining walls with stone coping. Flight of steps with tile risers, circular on plan, built around an inset millstone. Included for group value. (Historic England, list entry 1036941)


Bettley, J. and Pevsner, N. (2018) Suffolk: East. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Historic England. SUNKEN GARDEN TO REAR OF WOOLVERSTONE HOUSE [Online] Available from:

Also Cited In

Pevsner, N. and Radcliffe, E. (1974) Suffolk. The buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

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Lord (C H) Berners