Ipswich Rhinos Due to the wide catchment area of players' homes the Club moved to the County Town of Ipswich in time for the - '96 season and were successfully elected to the London League. Having won the London League Division 2 NE title during the - '96 season, losing only two matches, the Rhinos were duly promoted to Division 1 of the London League for the - '97 season. The summer of saw the birth of the Southern Conference League, which the Rhinos also competed in, and committed themselves to. With no formal winter games to play the Club take on friendly fixtures during these months.
Ipswich Rhinos finished fifth out of a total of 15 teams. In Ipswich Rhinos won the Eastern division of the Conference and progressed to the play-off stages but were beaten by Oxford in the quarter finals. Ipswich regained the Eastern Division title in , remaining unbeaten against Eastern clubs.
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The Rhinos went out at the play off Quarter finals stage to Crawley. In Ipswich finished third overall in the Eastern division, having won the league twice in the previous three years. Ipswich were also the only side in England to lower the colours of Coventry Bears with a home win in June Each weekday she was supposed to have studied a different subject on each floor - Charity, Tapestry, Music, Painting and Literature, culminating in Astronomy on the top floor.
Freston Tower was originally built to be looked at and out of rather than lived in - it has no fireplaces. Every opportunity is taken to allow the occupants to enjoy the views outside it - even the three-sided staircase has a window in each face, on every storey and the roof was perhaps conceived as a viewing platform from where the visitor can see up-river to Ipswich and down the Orwell towards the sea.
The fact that the first three storeys on the south side of the Tower are windowless suggests that the Tower may have originally been joined to another building long gone. Old photographs of the Tower show a shadow in the brickwork of such a building in this area. However, all the known illustrations and prints show it freestanding, as it is today and our archaeological and geophysical investigations revealed no evidence of an attached building. Early photos do show that a simple porch was added later, possibly in the late 17th century and the remaining stump has been left. Freston is finely built of red brick with blue diapers overburnt bricks arranged in a pattern on the north and west sides, which were most visible from the river.
The staircase turret against the north wall rises six storeys and opens onto the roof, which has an arcaded parapet, also of brick. There are polygonal buttresses at the four corners which rise to finials and no fewer than 26 windows 33 if you count the blind ones. There is one room on each floor and a clear hierarchy to the windows and their dressings, which become more elaborate as the Tower rises. The windows on the top floor are grandest, with six lights separated by transoms.
The triangular pediments to the windows on the top three floors were still quite an unusual feature in the countryside by this date, a tentative foray into Classicism. Both the hierarchy of the windows and the remains of a primary door on the staircase on the third storey suggest that the Tower may originally have been divided between service or utilitarian use on the lower three floors and more polite usage as banqueting house or folly on the top three. In Freston Tower House was advertised as a treatment centre for smallpox patients had to provide their own tea and sugar and were charged between three and six guineas a week — a lot of money for the time.
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Finally, the Tower was bought in by Claire Hunt and her husband, who used it as a holiday home for sailing on the Orwell. For a short history of Freston Tower please click here. To read the full history album for Freston Tower please click here. The Tower had been well cared for by Mrs Hunt over the years but still needed a considerable amount of work to make it into a Landmark. The entire Tower was scaffolded for almost a year to repair the exterior. The brickwork required light repointing in many areas, using lime rather than cement based mortar. Originally the brick mullions and surrounds of the windows were rendered to resemble stone - a building material that is so lacking in East Anglia - and this decorative finish was reinstated, using old photos for evidence.
Although the use of new materials and techniques is not ruled out under appropriate circumstances, unavoidable repairs or replacement are mostly done on a like-for-like basis using traditional methods and practices. The original window frames were lost long ago and we have installed new leaded lights in bronze casements to recapture the glitter the Tower would have had in Elizabethan times.
The lead roof was still in good condition but structural repairs were needed to the pinnacles, the top of the staircase turret and to the arcaded parapet. We have replaced the crenellations to the stair turret, basing the work on early photographs. Inside, the arrangement of the accommodation is as follows: the top floor, which has the grandest windows and best views, is the sitting room. Below that is a double bedroom then a twin bedroom, then a bathroom and separate loo, then the kitchen, and finally the hallway on the ground floor.
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The kitchen, bathroom and all services have been renewed. The timber floors have been repaired, and the missing ceilings renewed with traditional lime plaster. Freston Tower has been returned to its original splendour from the outside and is probably more comfortable than it has ever been on the inside.
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However, as there are sheep often grazing in the vicinity, we ask that they are kept on leads. The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc. There is also an electric cooker. There is one bathroom with a shower over the bath. There is also an additional wc. The stairs are steep, narrow and spiral. There are no doors between the staircases and the bedrooms. If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible.