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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Even before the Munich Crisis of 1938 preparations were being made for the possibility of another war, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society, as he looks at the history of the town’s air raid shelters.

I was given a postcard the other day with the suggestion that I researched the history of the building featured, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Granting a charter to Ipswich was a win-win situation for us and two kings, as John Norman, of The Ipswich Society, explains.

Suffolk is blessed with an almost endless number of pretty villages: some of national importance, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.
Some of thes evillages are frequently used as backdrops for TV programmes or major feature films. But there is one, so close to the centre of Ipswich, that hardly features on anyone’s radar.

Ipswich is blessed with twelve medieval churches; (thirteen if we include St Mary and St Botolph’s at Whitton), writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

The idea of a green burial sounds incredibly environmentally-friendly, being buried in a wicker coffin in a distant wood where nature will take its course and your earthly remains become nourishment for the trees, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

If you have an odd £2.5m or so, you could make a bid for a hall with history. John Norman tells its story.

Des Pawson shares his story and background with guest columnist Andy Parker after his display in the Ipswich Maritime Trust Window Museum.

As well as looking at the past, John Norman today looks down. A long way down. A long way back

John Norman has a stroll down Tavern Street and notes how fortunes have ebbed and flowed.

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