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Sunday, June 3, 2018

As well as looking at the past, John Norman today looks down. A long way down. A long way back

John Norman has a stroll down Tavern Street and notes how fortunes have ebbed and flowed.

Many of us knew Fisons from its Ipswich Town days, but what was its story? John Norman explains

John Norman looks at a construction material we might describe as being the Marmite of building solutions.

John Norman takes a look at annual RIBA Suffolk Craftsmanship Awards.

A guest contributor, Andy Parker, tells how the people of Ipswich were granted ownership of the River Orwell.

John Norman finishes his story about the enterprise behind the first flat-packaged patio set for Tesco.

John Norman on the local entrepreneur who supplied our emerging middle class and even Queen Victoria

John Norman takes us back in time to a long road that would have been full of colour, noise and myriad aromas.

We can trace the history of Pannington Hall back possibly as far as Domesday (1086), when it was under the control of Swein of Essex (an ironic name given its current use).

John Norman has had letters: one from an ex-Ipswich diver, the other reminding us of a great local company

John Norman looks at the river running through Ipswich and laments the opportunities not taken up

Talk of the Upper Orwell Crossings has John Norman thinking about the town’s shipbuilding heritage

I was asked to carry out research into possible shops where a seamstress could have worked in the 1960s/1970s. The enquirer was fairly sure the shop was located in the town centre.

I promised to write more about the café/restaurant on the corner of Fore Street and Neptune Lane cutting down to the Quayside. You will probably recall it as the Neptune Café but it has traded under a variety of names.

Many of you will remember the café in Fore Street, on the corner of the passageway alongside Mellonie & Goulder’s Coal Yard. Number 92 Fore Street was for a while known as Fore Snax.

Thomas Slade was appointed as overseer during the building of The Hampshire, a 50-gun vessel for the Navy – the contract for the construction having been let to John Barnard of Ipswich.

It will come as no surprise that the population of Ipswich has grown consistently but irregularly since the Saxons arrived in the 7th Century.

Last week I promised to look at Elliston House, the former Elm Street Clinic, and explore why it is so named.

A short stroll from the Cornhill can be packed with history, change and stories.

Amongst the vast sums paid by Suffolk County Council to organisations and enterprises listed in the EADT recently I noted that £10.2million was paid to contractor J Breheny of Needham Market.

Avid readers of this newspaper will recall a photograph of the girls at Tibbenham’s making propellers during the war – a photograph so often reproduced you can be forgiven for thinking this is all they did.

A New Year: A time for predictions. A time to dream of what might be forthcoming. A time for me to look back at previous dreams of buildings that didn’t quite make it into reality. Schemes that have left a legacy of empty sites and undeveloped spaces.

Ipswich was once called ‘a northern industrial town in the comfortable south’. No longer, says John Norman

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