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Sunday, January 1, 2017

We must have been a God-fearing lot back in the middle of the 19th Century; the churches were full, people queued outside and there was standing room only, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Seckford Hall was built in the early years of the 16th Century, there had been an earlier house on the site incorporated into the present building which was finished between 1540 and 1550, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Margaret Mary Tempest was born at 28 Fonnereau Road on May 15, 1892 to Charles and Frances Tempest, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

I may have caused some minor confusion a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned the architect Frederic Barnes, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society,

Opposite the north door of the County Library in Old Foundry Road is the back of a row of buildings hardly noticed from St Margaret’s Plain, incongruous except for its dilapidated state, writes John Norman, of The Ipsiwch Society.

This is the tale of two people who lived in the same house at different times, Doctor William Beeston and William Beeston Coyte, each being remembered in different ways, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

This series of articles has previously covered Ipswich’s early water supply: springs on the valley sides bringing fresh, clean water down Spring Road, Water Lane (Warwick Road), Orwell Street and Brook Street, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Last week’s article was about Oak Hill, the outstanding property just off Belstead Road on Oak Hill Lane, built in 1860 on a plot of land sold by Peter Burrell of Stoke Park, recaps John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

The wind in the UK typically blows in from the south-west. Therefore, during the industrious reign of Queen Victoria, the prominent businessmen of most towns would choose to build their big houses upwind of the belching smoking chimneys, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

This week’s article is written under a false premise. I very much doubt if you have ever seen this ‘icon’ and you almost certainly never will, but it is an essential bit of kit contributing quietly to the well-being of Ipswich, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Stopping a particularly high spring tide from flooding Ipswich is, on paper, relatively simple, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Research for these articles sometimes throws up some interesting and surprising snippets of previously unknown information, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

The Municipal Reform Act of 1835 gave local corporations (the body of people with power to govern) the authority to make school places available to a wider group, but the outcome wasn’t universal, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

In the Middle Ages Ipswich was not without schools, there is firm evidence of a grammar school as early as 1477 and probably as far back as 1399. This school received its Charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1566 and went through a number of guises before it became, what is now, Ipswich School. The school buildings are on Henley Road but have previously been in Foundation Street and Blackfriars Monastery.

What sort of organisation gives away money and supports young people through their education, explorations or musical endeavours?

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