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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Ipswich Historic Lettering: Website banner 2d
Recent updates: Ipswich Windows, Half Moon corner post 1845, Old Bell and Bell Lane, Genesis/Avalon Court, Bluecoat boy, Wolsey Gallery maquette, The Cross Keys, Cornhill Chambers, W.J. Coe Motors, Fuchsia Lane, Hodskinson 1780 map in colour, Buck brothers' Prospect 1741 text, People's Hall, Stoke by Eade & Johns 1898, Ipswich station footbridge plaque, Town Library bookplate 1746, Grimwade & Ridley letter 1939, Cornhill street sign, St Clement Church altar, Davy's illustration: laying the Wet Dock lock foundation stone, 1839, College Street nameplate, More on Serjeants shop, Ipswich Square - Arras, Gainsborough House Bolton Lane, Brickmakers Wood maps
updated 17.5.2018
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Station bridge icon
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 since the late 1990s. 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 Ipswich, try using the Street index listed below left.
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Grand Ipswich timeline for two thousand years of the town's history
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Introduction
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
Churches
Gallery 7
Examples from outside Ipswich

Street Index Links/Reading List Ipswich tomorrow! These we have lost Historic maps
Death of a K6
Ipswich Gaols Brickyards
Wolsey's College Timelines Rosehill case study Pubs & Off licences
Ipswich in 1912
Invasions Monasteries Shipyards
Blue plaques Ipswich coat of arms
Water in Ipswich Street nameplates Courts & yards
Wet Dock map Workhouses Tramways
Boundary markers Slavery abolitionists
Dated buildings list Street furniture 60s Ring-Road Lost trade signs
Gracechurch
Ropewalks
Freehold Land
Society

Street name
derivations

Named buildings
list

Felixstowe
Branch Line
Aldeburgh
Branch Line
Dales Brickyard
Light Railway
Dated hoppers/
weathervanes
Potteries/
Ipswich ware

[Note: our background 'BUILT' image is taken from the Coo-op in Cauldwell Hall Road. The masthead is based on a feature on Grimwade's store on the Cornhill.]
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2004 Copyright throughout the Ipswich Historic Lettering site: Borin Van Loon
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