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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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

John Norman’s look at the history of our major highways suggests it’s not long before they fill up

Like any town in the UK Ipswich has a history of misadventures, and like any town, it has for the most part learnt from its mistakes, writes John Norman.

In 1849 the Freehold Land Society purchased a large tract of farmland east of Ipswich and set about dividing it into individual plots.

We all know that the “High Street” is suffering, losing trade to the Internet to the out-of-town shopping centres and simply because our buying habits are changing, writes John Norman.

You might remember from a recent article that the whole of Portman’s Marshes came into the possession of the Corporation of Ipswich following the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835, writes John Norman.

I spent my formative years in Burton on Trent, the brewing capital of the United Kingdom, writes John Norman

How the mansion got a new role, by Bob Markham, formerly the Keeper of Geology at Ipswich Museum.

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