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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Even before the Munich Crisis of 1938 preparations were being made for the possibility of another war, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society, as he looks at the history of the town’s air raid shelters.

I was given a postcard the other day with the suggestion that I researched the history of the building featured, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Granting a charter to Ipswich was a win-win situation for us and two kings, as John Norman, of The Ipswich Society, explains.

Suffolk is blessed with an almost endless number of pretty villages: some of national importance, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.
Some of thes evillages are frequently used as backdrops for TV programmes or major feature films. But there is one, so close to the centre of Ipswich, that hardly features on anyone’s radar.

Ipswich is blessed with twelve medieval churches; (thirteen if we include St Mary and St Botolph’s at Whitton), writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

The idea of a green burial sounds incredibly environmentally-friendly, being buried in a wicker coffin in a distant wood where nature will take its course and your earthly remains become nourishment for the trees, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

If you have an odd £2.5m or so, you could make a bid for a hall with history. John Norman tells its story.

Des Pawson shares his story and background with guest columnist Andy Parker after his display in the Ipswich Maritime Trust Window Museum.

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.

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