Buildings have four walls and a roof, right? Not always, as our latest Curiosity of the Week will show. Rushton Triangular Lodge in Northamptonshire has, you guessed it, three walls!
This wonderfully quirky triangular folly doesn’t just have three sides though. It also has three floors, three windows, and pretty much three of everything! This English Heritage gem was designed by Catholic landowner, Sir Thomas Tresham, in the late 1500s.
But why the obsession with threes? The reason for this is down to his Catholic beliefs, with the number three symbolising the Holy Trinity. Tresham was imprisoned for not giving up his Catholicism, and built the Triangular Lodge after his release as a mark of his faith.
The building is quite ornate for its size and is adorned with pretty stonework, Latin inscriptions, and heraldic shields. There are three Latin texts, which are 33 letters long, the walls are 33 feet long, and each side has three gables, just to add to the theme of three!
The Rushton Triangular Lodge is one of three buildings that Tresham designed, but the only one he saw completed.
If you’d like to visit this curious building, it is open from March to October, Wednesday to Sunday (11am – 5pm). Admission costs £3.80 for adults, £3.40 for concessions, £2.30 for children, and is free for English Heritage members.
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