really a map, more an
artist's impression of the town, this picture is a relatively recent
discovery. This is taken from the 1539 Survey of the Suffolk
survey is anonymous, but was commissioned at a time when Henry VIII
feared invasion by the combined forces of France and Spain. He was
aware of the vulnerability of the Suffolk coast and detailed notes are
made about the entrance to the Orwell.
The illustration shows the Orwell/Gipping confluence at Stoke Bridge in
the foreground. There appear to be some kind of gatehouse on both the
north and south side of the bridge, probably to monitor traffic and
impose an entry tax or port charge. The importance of Stoke Bridge as
an access point for the town is shown in this picture. The name
'Gippeswiche' (later Ipswich) appears twice at lower right.
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