Rushton Triangular Lodge
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Everything revolves around the number 3 and its multiples. The sides are 33.33 feet long, or one-third of 100 feet. It is three stories high and has three windows per side. There are three gables on each side. Above the entrance door is a Latin inscription reading 'Tres Testimonium Dant', a Biblical quotation from the Gospel of St John which translates roughly as 'there are three that give witness'. But, as with everything about the Triangular Lodge, even this inscription has multiple meanings; it is also a joke upon the fact that Tresham's wife always called him by the nickname 'Good Tres'.
The lodge is built of alternating courses of sandstone and limestone, creating a layered stripe effect of red and cream. The exterior is decorated with fanciful heraldic designs and coats of arms.
Despite its ornate design, the Triangular Lodge also fulfilled a very practical purpose; it was built to house the head warrener charged with looking after Tresham's rabbits. Remains of the rabbit warren can still be seen nearby.
Thomas Tresham was a fascinating character. He inherited a large estate at the age of only 15, and became one of the most influential men in Elizabeth I's court, helped by an advantageous marriage into the Throckmorton family (see Coughton Court). However, his lavish spending combined with heavy fines for his Catholic beliefs left Tresham with heavy debts. After Tresham's death in September, 1605, his son, Francis, became involved in the unsuccessful Gunpowder Plot to kill James I. Francis was executed for his part in the plot, meeting his death in December, 1605, just 3 months after his father.
About Rushton Triangular Lodge
Address: Rushton, Northamptonshire, England, NN14 1RP
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Just west of Rushton village on the minor road towards Desborough. Parking in a layby opposite the site entrance. Keep your eyes open - it is easy to drive right past the Lodge!
Website: Rushton Triangular Lodge
Phone: 01536 710761
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