With more than 100 roads and streets in Ipswich, sometimes you might wonder how they got their names. 

The town has a rich history dating back to the time of the Romans – with one of the earliest roads in the town leading along modern-day Carr Street and Tavern Street.

Here are five Ipswich roads and the meaning behind their names according to Ipswich Lettering.

Dial Lane

Nestled off the busy Tavern Street, Dial Lane in the town centre is home to many independent shops. 

The road was called Cooke Row until 1844 and was renamed Dial Lane because of a clock on the side of St Lawrence Church. 

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Fonnereau Road

Fonnereau Road leads you past Christchurch Park in the north of the town.

It appears to have been named after Fonnereau family who owned Christchurch Mansion and the surrounding estate from 1735, until William Neale Fonnereau put the Mansion up for sale in 1892.

Princes Street

Originally intended to link Cornhill with the junction to Friar's Bridge Road, Princes Street connects the town centre with Ipswich railway station. 

It was named after Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert, who died in December 1861. 

Handford Road

Handford Road is part of the original Roman road which lead from Colchester in Essex to Caister in Norfolk. 

It was named after the Anglo-Saxon 'Hagenfordabrygge' which means Hagena's ford.

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Alexandra Road

This is another road in Ipswich that has a connection to royalty. 

It was named after Alexandra of Denmark who married King Edward VII in 1863. She became Queen when Edward ascended to the throne after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.