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Sunday, March 26, 2017

A military site just outside Ipswich has always had an air of mystery about it, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Ipswich may not have had a police force in the Middle Ages but we’ve certainly had a variety of men carrying out similar duties almost ever since, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Since the Middle Ages, townsfolk have half expected city streets to be safe, and a way of achieving this, during the hours of darkness, is by lighting, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

John Norman, of the Ipswich Society, looks at land with intriguing stories to tell, and wonders if Rushmere Heath ever had a school.

In the latest of our Ipswich Icons series, Mark Ling looks at the history of Broomhill Pool

The first edition of the Ordnance Survey of Ipswich 1883, produced at a scale of 1.500, is a fascinating read, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

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.

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