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: The Roundwood in the early 1930s, The Bishop's Palace moat in Holywells Park, Ancient gravestone in Sheldrake Drive?, The Red House (early 1930s map), Churchman's sign, 'Ipswich windows', Whisstocks, Woodbridge, Orwell Bridge plaque, Arlingtons, Orford Street nameplate, Westleton, Purplett Street derivation, Old Bell memories, Stanley Avenue source?, Gaols map 1867, Stoke Hall 1819, Garrod & Turner monogram in Butter Market, St John's Vicarage, 1884 map of the Wet Dock, Bridgeward Club & St Peter's Vicarage, St Peter's Workhouse 1880, Broom Hill Brickyard map 1884, Tragedy of Lady Milbank, Coat of arms on Mayoral Chain & Sword, Old Harwich
updated 19.1.2018
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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 below left.
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

Street Index Links/Reading List Lost trade signs These we have lost Historic maps
Death of a K6
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
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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