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Pykenham's Gatehouse

Pykenham's Gatehouse, home to Archdeacon William Pykenham

Pykenham’s Gatehouse is a Grade I listed building located in Northgate Street, just opposite Ipswich Central Library. It was built around 1471 by William Pykenham, who had just been appointed Archdeacon of Suffolk at that time. Having decided that the house he had rented from the Priory of the Holy Trinity was not fitting for his status, he proceeded to have the gatehouse built on adjoining land.

As a listed building, the front of the gatehouse consists of a large brick four-centred arch, whilst the back is timber-framed with wattle & daub filling between the studs. The room above the gateway was used as accommodation by the gatekeeper.  Archdeacon Pykenham later had the Deanery Gateway built in nearby Hadleigh. He died in 1497.

Today Pykenham’s Gatehouse is owned by the Ipswich & Suffolk club, whose premises are situated behind the gateway. It is leased by them to the Ipswich Building Preservation Trust, who use it as their headquarters. In 1983 the Trust carried out extensive restoration work on the building.

Pykenham's Gatehouse is available for private hire as a meeting room, and is open to the public during Heritage Open Day 2015, as part of English Heritage Open Days - and well worth a visit. These English Heritage Free Days encourage people to visit building not normally open to the public.

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7 Northgate Street Ipswich, England IP1 3BX, United Kingdom

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  • 7 Northgate Street
    Ipswich, England
    IP1 3BX,
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