PDF downloads of old documents

Now and again, we receive old documents relating to Ipswich, some quite obscure. Here's a brief list of those on this website; they are all linked on relevant pages within the site.

Stoke Hall sale notice
in The Bury and Norwich Post,

Eastern Counties Railway rule book, 1846
A rare Ipswich railway worker's copy of the Eastern Counties Railway signals and regulations.

Guide to Ipswich 1906
A tiny c.September 1906 publication with fold-out map.

Harrison's 'Thank You'  Pocket Time Table. Trains, Tides, Mails, and List of Coming Events.
Another tiny piece of monthly, free ephemera from May 1908. Basically, it's an extended advertisement for The Ancient House Press.

Ipswich Sanatorium 1912 EADT Souvenir
The original Foxhall Hospital (the King Edward Memorial Sanatorium) was built in 1912 as an isolation hospital for people with lung disorders, particularly TB sufferers. This book provides contemporary descriptions and photographs of the institution (still in use as a private hospital).

Wiggin & Son, photographic chemists and lantern specialist
(Winter season 1913-1914).
A catalogue of products by the well-remembered Ipswich business (date unknown).


Nat Ablitt (1784-1865): the Rushmere eccentric,
article from The East Anglian Magazine, November 1961.


The Ransomes & Rapier war memorial, historical research document by Jean Austin, Spring 2010. It includes background to the First and Second World War memorial at Ransomes which was unveiled in 1921 (now in Bourne Park).
Ransomes & Rapier images of their huge cranes from around the world (c.1900) from Des Pawson's copy of the Smith's wire rope-making company catalogue.

Windmills in the Borough of Ipswich historical research by the late Peter Dolman for the Suffolk Mills Group. Details of the many windmills in and on the edge of town (mainly from 1800 to the early 20th century).

Wolsey 450: commemorative brochure
, the 1980 publication relating to a series of events to celebrate 450 years since the death of Ipswich's most famous son.

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