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: Orwell Works map 1867, Rose Lane map 1902, Grand Ipswich timeline, Cranfields office entrance, Felixstowe Rd rope walk, 1867, Cavendish Rd area map 1867, Ransomes & Rapier swing-bridge, Kersey & Co. gates, Post Office 1879, E. Brand refurbished, Barnes demolished, A sewage history of Ipswich, Coytes Gardens trashed, St Mary- Blackfriars Friary of the Blessed Virgin, 'The Potteries' maps, Ransomes Lawnmower ad 1934, Cobbold Brewery ad 1934, Cauldwell Hall Estate, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Plough Street, Wootons family memories, Maritime Ipswich 1982 plaques, Lloyds Bank column bases at the Mansion, Mutual House, Steam Packet Inn, Ipswich Corporation Electricty Dept. Mains Disconnecting Box, St Clement Congregational and the Grimwades, Cocksedge railings, Bishopsgarth Fire HQ, 'Hill House 1863', Bruff Road, Felixstowe Railway, Woodbridge Boat Inn
updated 16.10.2017
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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 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 towards the bottom of the page.

Grand Ipswich timeline for two thousand years of the town's history

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

Street name

Named buildings

Branch Line
Branch Line
Dales Brickyard
Light Railway
Dated hoppers/
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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