The use of cast or printed signs for street names is a
development; streets have changed their names or have not been signed
any way in centuries past. This is probably due to the fact that anyone
who lived in the town would know the whereabouts of The Shambles (which
once stood on the site of the Post Office building on Cornhill) or
(a name surviving to the present day) and any visitor would be able to
this old name for the area around the top of the hill of Woodbridge
Road is not signed, but it is labelled twice on the 1867 map shown on
our Sunny Place page.
Bramford Road and the next door Hovis lettering
an Ordnance Survey benchmark in Christchurch Street
wall (mixed) in Tuddenham Road bearing a brick-making
Bishops Hill and its brickwork street sign
markers mini-site featuring research and images by Paul Horne
Blue plaques put
up to the memory of the famous and the interesting, plus other plaques
a vanishing word and feature of our street scene; also Parkside Avene
(atop a carnser).
Street has a gate with
a donation credit.
now no longer leadng to the Civic Centre, has street nameplates with a
faded coat of arms
it up!' Pavement lettering from Borough Council to
public clocks in and around the town centre.
yards in 19th century Ipswich (maps and text); also Charles
Court (off Upper Orwell Street), Watts Court off Foundation Street,
Wingfield Street and house, the Salvation Army Citadel
Gardens with its paving setts (sadly vandalised by the
Highways Authority in 2017)
St Nicholas Street; the story of Lord Curson's house (now lost), and
Wolsey's attempt to have it for himself; also a page about Wolsey's
Head Street signed on The Plough
and its etymology.
Maltings Terrace, Bulstrode Road, Little and Great Whip Streets, Gower
Street: all in Over Stoke
Bridge Road, now an appendix to Princes Street, but link to
the Cattle Market and way back to the Friary of Greyfriars (1298-1535)
& Cromwell Street as seen in the 1960s leaflet Ipswich Tomorrow
the hidden lettering on the Argyle Street/St Helens Street junction;
and by the same technique, the hidden 'ITFC' sign on Portman Road, plus
rescued examples of
street name plates
King Street: the triple-named and very short
street, also the narrow, the quadruple-named Lion
Street and Arcade Street.
also Nottidge Road
Lloyds Avenue, our Art Deco street
Milestones: Ipswich has an intact collection
of cast iron Turnpike markers (see also the Toll-house link below)
Myrtle Road memorial: a tragic piece of
Ipswich history on a wall near the park
House in Over Stoke
Cattle Market leads us round St
Stephen Church, down St Stephens Lane and to the house of Sir Thomas
Rush and other lost mansions in the area.
Parliament Road also Upper Orwell Courts and
Street: the smallest street in Ipswich.
Street and Tyler Street nameplates and plaques
gates in some of our streets carry foundry names in the castings.
Railway bridges and their numbering system
Branch Line (Ipswich - Westerfiled - Felixstowe)
Aldeburgh Branch Line
Brickyard Light Railway
Library case study: overview of the development of
public libraries in the town and the great and good invlved in the
founding of Rosehill Library
52 degrees North:
the Pegasus sculpture on Ravenswood
that most famous and unlovable of Ipswich's sons
Circus and the statue commemorating
Ipswich's second most
Our Lady of Grace, Lady Lane
Russian pilot and rugby player; Cromwell Square
Pylons by Bernard Reynolds athe
old Suffolk College
Ship by Bernard Reynolds on the
Civic Drive/Handford Road roundabout
Tam next to St Mary-At-Elms
More public sculptures (The Navigator and Against the tide) can be seen on
our Water in Ipswich page.
Slade Street mystery tablet
commemorated in Ipswich street names
Church Lane: an unusual street sign
furniture (pillar boxes, drain covers, British Relay TV
boxes etc.) also the removal of the K6
phone box outside the
and house naming, also house numbering as delineated by
Ipswich Borough Council.
nameplates: a rich
variety of styles, fonts and materials with links to relevant pages
nameplates on posts! Newton Road and
(a page of derivations and sources)
(now Barclays Bank) on the junction of Woodbridge Road and Rushmere
Road/Gainsborough Road garden wall, including kiln 'wasters'
and a partial lettered brick.
Turret Lane and its
importance in relation to Wolsey's College
St John's Lodge, Harmony Square, Woodbridge Road
and the lost York Road of the 1860s
often had dramatic effects on streets in Ipswich.
monolith: the obelisk which marks 800 years of Ipswich history in
the new thoroughfare built between Friars Street and Cromwell Square
when the Willis building was erected.
name plaque examples: Alston Road;
Cauldwell Hall Road; Cavendish Street; Marlborough Road; Rosehill area;
Cauldwell Hall Road house names;
Marlborough Road house names; Rosehill house names
Named buildings list;
Named (and sometimes dated) buildings
Borough guidelines on
and house naming and numbering
Dated buildings list; Dated buildings
examples; Dated rain-hoppers/weather vanes
Origins of street names
in Ipswich; Streets named after slavery
Street index; Boundary markers
Ipswich Tomorrow, Greyfriars 1960s
Rampart and Town gates
Historic maps of Ipswich
Timeline: historical eras, events and
Freehold Land Society
Ipswich coat of arms
Pubs & Off licences
Listed buildings in
The history of street naming is an area of
study all its own.
We recommend The Way We Went:
in 19th Century Ipswich
by Muriel Clegg, see Reading List.
[Our background is the rail bridge
number on Tuddenham Road.]
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