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Recent updates: Queen's Head Hotel 1964, Smiths Suitall, Rear of 9 Northgate Street, Ragged Schools, Stead & Simpson in Colchester, Honiton House (FLS), Cranfields advert 1932, Elliott Street source?, Sun fireplate on Ancient House, Notes on house nmaes and house-numbering, Ipswich Charity Schools, Cocksedge Foundry ad 1934, St Mary-Le-Tower Church gargoyles, Cromwell Square, Rattlesden 'Whalebones', Peter Bruff plaque, Bawdsey post-box, Sirdar Road derivation, GeoSuffolk on coprolites
updated 26.6.2019

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 linked below, or...
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Grand Ipswich timeline for two thousand years of the town's history
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Introduction
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
Churches
Gallery 7
Examples from outside Ipswich


List of themed pages
Links/Reading list;     Street index;     Street name derivations

[Note: our background 'BUILT' image is taken from the Co-op in Cauldwell Hall Road. The masthead is based on a feature on Grimwade's store on the Cornhill.]
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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

2004 Copyright throughout the Ipswich Historic Lettering site: Borin Van Loon
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