A photo essay of Ipswich's historic streets

The Town hall. Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Town hall. Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

As more people head back into town after months of working from home, our eyes catch on to what is new since our last visit or possibly those historic details you have never noticed before. 

Maritime, medieval, Saxon, Tudor or Victorian, Ipswich is blessed with nods to the past from across the centuries.

And at its centre is Ipswich Town Hall, an impressive Victorian building that has stood tall since it was built in 1878. 

Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Ipswich town centre has many historic buildings - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Town hall. Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Ipswich Town Hall - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Walking along to Tavern Street, there has been little change to the building line in more than 100 years, though the contents of the shops filling them has. 

Looking up at the facades around the street, people will still remember the historic jeweller and clockmaker shop Croydon & Sons as well as Preston and Duckworth's.

Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND


Croydon building. Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Croydons is fondly remembered by many Ipswich people - and its history is still reflected on the building - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Croydon building. Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

The former Croydons shop - now a Tesco - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

More history can be found by looking up - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND


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Elsewhere, Ipswich's Library is also steeped in history, celebrating its 97th birthday this year, having opened in 1924.

Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

The town has many fine properties - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Historical buildings in Ipswich town centre PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

The historic St Peter's Street has seen new life breathed into it as shoppers enjoy its growing independent offering. 

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The street is home to The Sailor's Rest, the first building to be rescued by the Ipswich Society.

St Peters Street Ipswich PICTURE: CHARLOTTED BOND

St Peters Street Ipswich PICTURE: CHARLOTTED BOND - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

St Peters Street Ipswich PICTURE: CHARLOTTED BOND

St Peter's Street is now filled with a range of well supported independent shops - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND



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