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Sunday, December 10, 2017

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.

Marcus Evans is just a tenant? Who knew? John Norman explains the story behind Portman’s Marshes.

To include this article under the banner Ipswich Icons is a misnomer. We usually feature buildings and other characteristics of the built environment that stand proud and prominent in the town, writes John Norman.

If you enter Christchurch Park through the Soane Street gates and walk up towards the mansion you are also approaching the site of the St Augustinian Priory founded during the reign of Henry II in 1160, writes John Norman.

John Norman investigates ‘Roman roads’ around Ipswich and looks for evidence of their existence

This is the story of the Neptune Inn in Fore Street, but before we learn of its history there are two diversionary tales, writes John Norman.

If you went to Northgate in the pre-1977 halcyon days, when it still was a grammar school, you won’t need me to tell you what a good school it was. It still is! Writes John Norman.

The main road into Ipswich from the south was, historically, across Bourne Bridge, along Wherstead Road, through the parish of Stoke and then crossing the Orwell by way of a ford between Great Whip Street and Foundry Road, writes John Norman of the Ipswich Society.

Whilst reading this article you won’t be surprised to learn that it was written using a word processing package on a desktop computer, and this digital information was sent to the East Anglian Daily Times for conversion into print using editing software, writes John Norman of the Ipswich Society.

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