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
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Recent updates: 'Ernest C. Cross Haulage Contractors', 'GVR 1934', Sir Thomas Rush's house, Mansions in Ipswich, 'Hill Farm (Henley) Co.', Edwardian Dial Lane, Demons in Museum St, More street signs on posts, 4 new Blue Plaques to Ipswich women, St Edmund's Road apostrophe, St Clement '1770', Woolverstone monkeys, Black Horse Walk, Ropewalks, County & Borough Gaols, Shelley's barber shop, Leiston, Lymington, Albion Mills, Richard Felaw's House, The Ring-Road that never was, Woolverstone Hall, Hadleigh, Talbot mineral water, Quay Place, St Mary Le Tower interior, County Hall memories, 'Ipswich Spaw Waters', Architectural styles/eras, Ipswich Ware, Coach & Horses 'CTC', NFU sculpture, Lloyds Ave Art Deco, Wm Brown Timber Yard, Brunswick Rd Post Office, Ipswich Loco Men's Club, Gainsborough Rd sign, Half Moon & Star, Eldred overmantle, Ipswich tomorrow, 1960s, Felixstowe Branch Line, Woodbridge Thoroughfare, Ipswich 1610 map updated, Ipswich coin 1794, Cenotaph, Cullingham Rd sign gone, Golf Hotel, Greyfriars timeline, Needham Mkt ESCC 1922 signs, Woodbridge Roundhouse 1899
updated 18.3.2017
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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 listed towards the bottom of the page.
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

Monasteries Street nameplates Lost trade signs These we have lost Historic maps
Timelines
Ropewalks Brickyards
Wolsey's College Death of  a K6 Rosehill case study Pubs & Off licences
Ipswich in 1912
Invasions Lost trade signs Shipyards
Blue plaques Ipswich coat of arms
Water in Ipswich Dated buildings list
Courts & yards
Wet Dock map Workhouses Tramways
Street Index Slavery abolitionists
Links/Reading List Boundary markers 60s Ring-Road Street furniture Gracechurch
Gaols
Freehold Land
Society

Street name
derivations

Named buildings
list

Felixstowe
Branch Line
Aldeburgh
Branch Line
Dales Brickyard
Light Railway
Dated hoppers/
weathervanes
Potteries/
Ipswich ware

[Note: the letter 'R' we are using as a background here is taken from the cast iron street sign once in Bridge Street. The masthead is based on a feature on Grimwade's store on Cornhill.]
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