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Rushton triangular lodge

This place is proof that in England you’ll find architectural treasures in the most unlikely places.The beautiful yet curious Rushton Triangular Lodge is tucked away beside a country lane near Kettering in Northammptonshire. As the name suggests, has just three walls.

This delightful triangular building was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham (father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters) and constructed between 1593 and 1597. It is a testament to Tresham’s Roman Catholicism: the number three, symbolising the Holy Trinity, is apparent everywhere. Tresham spent 15 years in prison for refusing to become a Protestant.

With that in mind, you’ll realise the significance of the three – rather than four – walls. Each of them is made from layers of dark and light limestone – giving them a stripy effect – and if you were to whip out a measuring device you’d find that they’re all 33 feet long. Not only that, but it has three windows (all different), three floors – and three gargoyles keeping watch.Got it yet? It’s all referencing the holy trinity. When you’ve had a look round here, why not head to nearby Kirby Hall – it’s one of England’s most gorgeous Elizabethan houses (with a 17th-century twist).

Continuing the three-theme, there are three floors, trefoil windows and three triangular gables on each side.On the entrance front is the inscription ‘Tres Testimonium Dant’ (‘there are three that give witness’), a Biblical quotation from St John’s Gospel referring to the Trinity. It is also a pun on Tresham’s name; his wife called him ‘Good Tres’ in her letters.

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