Ipswich: Historic buildings at risk

TWO of the best-known buildings in the town have appeared on the official “Buildings at Risk” register for the first time.

The former County Hall in St Helens Street appears on the list alongside the former Tolly Cobbold brewery on Cliff Quay.

Both were included on Ipswich council’s register as being at risk for the first time this year.

County Hall has been included in a national list of buildings at risk compiled by conservation pressure group SAVE.

It dates from 1836, when it was part of Ipswich Gaol, with additions during the Victorian era and the early years of the 20th century.

The historic St Helen’s Court – where Mrs Simpson obtained her divorce enabling her to eventually marry the Duke of Windsor – was modernised in the 1980s and was home of Suffolk County Council until it moved to Endeavour House in 2004.

The Grade II-listed building has been left undeveloped because of difficulties in finding a new use for a building whose interior cannot be altered without special permission.

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The former Cliff Quay brewery has been empty since beer-making on the site ceased.

It could be converted into offices or turned into a leisure development – but unlike other attractive industrial buildings it could not be turned into homes because it is too near potentially dangerous fuel depots nearby.