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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

The many faces of the Cornhill over the decades are this week’s subject for John Norman

Ipswich Town Hall will be 150 years old in January. John Norman looks at its story – one rarely dull.

In the nineteenth century TB was an omnipresent enemy. Tuberculosis was killing more people (mainly men) than any other cause of death, writes John Norman.

A ‘secret park’ and avenue of trees hide an intriguing story. John Norman on land swallowed by Ipswich.

Amongst the previous articles to feature under the banner headline Ipswich Icons John Norman, of the Ipswich Society, has written about the River Orwell (possibly the most beautiful commercial river in the country), the River Gipping and the Alderman Canal, and following the publication of each it has been suggested I should write about Woodbridge’s River, the Deben.

John Norman looks at the land earmarked for a new record office and finds it has a fascinating history.

John Norman looks at Lower Orwell Street, a quiet neighbourhood once of civic importance and full of life

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