Do you remember when the Duke of Gloucester re-opened Ipswich’s revamped Corn Exchange in 1975?
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The Corn Exchange has a long and rich history in Ipswich dating back to 1880.
After years of trade, 1975 saw the grand re-opening of the Corn Exchange with the Duke of Gloucester leading proceedings.
When the Corn Exchange opened in 1882, corn merchants would take to the building every Tuesday to trade. The site was also used on a couple of days in the week as a provisions market.
However, 1970 brought attempts of change, with plans to move the market out of the Corn Exchange and into a failing shopping complex away from the town.
But it did not go as smoothly as expected with traders not wanting to go. The stallholders were eventually locked out and occupied the Cornhill, continuing to trade from there.
Five years on and the Corn Exchange was converted to an entertainment complex and was officially reopened, with art galleries and a theatre added to the historic town centre building.