House & Family History: Standing in a former deer park close to the Church of St. Mary, Polstead is a large, white brick house with a balustraded parapet and a cornice. The interior contains fine 16th century wall paintings.
Garden & Outbuildings: In the Park are the remains of The Gospel Oak, which collapsed in 1953, when it was believed to have been more than 1,000 years old. A small oak tree now grows next to the place where the famous oak once stood.
Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
Year Published: 1981
Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: Cooke family
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No