Standing in a railing alcove on the pavement between the
Unitarian Meeting House (1700) and Willis Building (1975), both Listed
Grade I, is this Millennium obelisk.
'2000' is inscribed on all four sides at the top.
Facing the Willis building:
of the opening of the
World of Industry
+ [Latin cross]
two millennia of
Love one another
as I have loved you
Gospel of John
Chapter 15 verse 12'
At the rear under chalice:
of the Opening of
‘Where we meet not
only one with another
but all with God.’
Reverend John Fairfax.
April 26th 1700'
On the north side under Borough coat of
Each side commemorates an event: the 2000th birthday of Christ,
the 300th birthday of the Unitarian Meeting Chapel, the 800 years since
the granting of the Charter to Ipswich, sent by King John from France
in June 1200, and 25 years of trading at Willis. Norman Foster's Willis
building was listed as Grade I in 1991, an exceptional honour for a
contemporary building matching the Unitarian Meeting House opposite.
[Information taken from
Borough of Ipswich
under the Charter
granted by King John
the Public Sculpture in Norfolk and Suffolk database (see Links).]
For an information and maps of the effect of the Willis building
on the surrounding roads, see our Lost
trade signs page.
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