Although there are few signs of it today, there was once a police station inside Ipswich Town Hall. 

The Grade II listed building on the Cornhill is one of the most important structures in Ipswich, and was once where many of the town's local authority departments were housed. 

Many of them have moved on, with their lifespan a memory of the distant past and unrecognisable today.

Ipswich Star: Ipswich Town Hall on the CornhillIpswich Town Hall on the Cornhill (Image: Newsquest)

However, the remnants of its former police station remain visible to the eagle-eyed among us today. 

Located down the side of the building along Princes Street, an archway reading the words 'Police Station' can be seen. 

History shows Ipswich Borough's police presence can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century. The Roman numerals above below the sign can be translated to 1867. 

Inside, there were seven cells to hold criminals in, as well as a parade area.

Officers were stationed at the town hall for more than 100 years before they moved in 1968. 

A police station can now be found further down Princes Street.