Ipswich Historic Lettering launched in 6.03, moved to a domain  on 17.9.09 and relaunched 3.10.15 with a new domain: www.ipswich-lettering.co.uk
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Recent updates: Northgate St boundary marker, Bridge No. 244, St Clement Church, Mitre Way, 'The Navigator, Tumbricane, Norwich Rd milestone, Springs in Alexandra Road, NFU Mutual relief, Placename meanings, Bourne Bridge, Stoke Hall map by Isaac Johnson, Sir Humphrey Wingfield's house, Tacket Street, St Mary-at-the-Quay, Albion Street 1817, more signs on the Museum, Ransomes transfer, Freston Monkey Lodge & carriage-drive, Freston Boot & forge, Shotley Boot, James Reid Moir and the Dales brickyard flints, Vigilant Villas 1893, Anglesea Hospital (1840s, 1950s, Harwich, 52 Buttermarket (1950s), Ranelagh Rd houses, Parr's Bank, Ipswich invasions timeline, Mansions in Ipswich, BOCM Pauls car park sign, The Old Neptune Inn revealed, Saxmundham, Burton offices restoration, Brunswick Rd Post Office, Woottons sign, Raleigh & Elizabeth I in Tavern Street, Christchurch Mansion chimera, '1888' in Carr St, Woolverstone Hall, Great White Horse interior!, Woolverstone, P.J. Prentice exposed!, 'Derby Villas FLS 1889', 'East Suffolk County Council', 'Ernest C. Cross Haulage Contractors', 'GVR 1934', Sir Thomas Rush's house
updated 25.10.2016
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This website is dedicated to a special project devised and developed by the artist/illustrator, Borin Van Loon. A resident of Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk in England, Borin has been photographing examples of old lettering on the walls of buildings in and around the town for over a decade. The galleries of images shown here reflect the transition of a very ancient town (Ipswich is the earliest continuous settlement in England, dating back to around AD600, with Ipswich ware being produced from around AD670) as it progresses through the twenty first century. They are updated and extended regularly including non-Ipswich examples in Gallery 7.
If you know the location of an Ipswich lettering example, try using the Street index listed towards the bottom of the page.
What we've included and omitted. Progress so far.
Gallery 1

Street signs
Gallery 1a
Boundary markers
Gallery 2
The Wet Dock
Gallery 3
Trade signs
Gallery 4

Architectural features
Gallery 5
Gallery 7
Examples from outside Ipswich

Monasteries Street nameplates Freehold Land Society These we have lost Historic maps
Water in Ipswich Workhouses
Wolsey's College Dated hoppers/vanes
Rosehill case study Pubs & Off licences
 Ipswich in 1912
Street furniture
Lost trade signs Shipyards
Blue plaques Ipswich coat of arms
Named buildings list
Dated buildings list
Courts & yards
Wet Dock map Boundary markers
Street Index Street name derivations Slavery abolitionists
Links/Reading List Lost trade signs F.L.S.
Gracechurch shrine

[Note: the letter 'R' we are using as a background here is taken from the cast iron street sign once in Bridge Street. The masthead is based on a feature on Grimwade's store on Cornhill.]
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No reproduction of text or images without express written permission