This section contains lettering examples from the
fabric of buildings.
carved or moulded lettering on shops, houses and other buildings
one of the most useful indicators for the local historian. A habit
prevalent during the Victorian era, a period when house building in the
town increased prodigiously, these plaques and names often included a
The selection of examples here show lettering and numerals
part of the material of the building, rather than applied or attached
it. This gallery includes architectural trade and commercial features.
in Foundation Street bear impressive dedication plaques.
Nethaniah Home for the Aged, Luther Road, Mrs Smiths' Almshouses, Elm
Street, Cranfield Court, Wm. Paul Tenement Trust (also a page about Paul's malting).
Alston Road house name/date
plaques and a connection to Rosehill
Ancient House: in Buttermarket, a remarkable
House – although barely lettered, this handsome former shoe factory
deserves inclusion here.
Baden-Powell Cottages in Bramford
Lane boast an unusual sculptural bust.
Barracks: Barrack Lane
Militia Depot boundary
stones on the walls of Ipswich School, Ivry Street.
Parade Field Terrace: traces of
the militia barracks on Albion Hill.
of a house name in the capital of a pillar; the asylum which preceded
Bethesda Church, the nearby Public Library, plus the Regent Theatre.
has three dated buildings and the mysterious Bolton Lane Social Club
& Institute Ltd.
Road displays a variety of house lettering for such a
relatively short residential road, including F.L.S.
house names, many of them dated.
Captain's Houses in Grimwade Street.
Hall Road: a plethora of house name/date plaques.
Street: a sub-plethora of house
Mansion and Park: improving Latin mottos
Includes Christchurch Park whose Brett drinking
fountain and Cabman's shelter are included. (See also Ipswich Martyrs, below)
Coats of arms and
crests on buildings, particularly that of Ipswich Borough.
1-5, Burton Son & Saunders offices and their relationship to the
Wolsey Gate; also No. 4 with its dated bressumer.
The Co-operative Society
have many properties in
the town and provide some interesting architectural lettering features.
Several excellent examples of
architectural lettering can be seen in this
vicinity. This page shows the original
Post Office and Mannings public house.
takes us round behind (and inside) the Corn
the original Police Station, the bank, Exchange Chambers and the Swan
Hall Once the home of the East
Suffolk County Council in St Helens Street with associated lettering in
Grimwade Street and Rope Walk.
& Anchor Hotel in
Street nearby is a gothic palace of decoration and lettering; also on
this page, examples from Westgate Street.
St Nicholas Street and The Wolsey Gate,
College Street (with a page about Wolsey's College).
in Tacket Street, Ewer's Grey-Green Coaches and
& Piper in St Margaret's Street are here, too.
Road FLS Garden farms.
Street: '1620' bressumer beam and The Steam Packet Hotel.
in Fore Street.
Smith & Co. building in Princes Street:
architectural trade lettering gems in Ipswich.
White Horse interior photographs from 2016.
Hope House in
Foxhall Road has an array of memorial slabs.
Old hospitals: the
Anglesea Road Pathology
entrance, Victoria Wing, War Memorial Wing as well as reminders of
Bartlet and Foxhall Hospitals. Now with Ipswich Sanatorium 1912
EADT Souvenir (PDF download)
ICA International Community Centre
memorial in Christchurch Park.
reaches right up to the former Odeon and
leads to Price, the
The Victoria Nursing Institute and in Rose Lane 'D.B 1862'.
Restaurant in Norwich Road had a dated bressumer beam.
Road is a riot of named houses.
House and the astonishing story of the
Whitfield King stamp business.
displays its date of building
the Schools of Art and Science. Also a page on the Museum's lettered contents.
Museum has some rescued examples of
street name plates and trade signs.
Street: decorative and dated office buildings.
House, Seymour Road/Rectory Road.
North Gate: house lettering of a circular
kind from Upper Brook Street, Pitcairn Road and Crown Street.
Road: Kerrison Villa and Home Cottage.
Park: the Byles Memorial fountain.
Park: the Ransomes & Rapier war
gates; Bourne Bridge. Also material and images on the disappeared Stoke
Park mansion and parkland.
Christchurch Park: our finest
public park, which include Christchurch Mansion. The Ipswich Martyrs memorial and the Cenotaph have their own pages.
Park: another Felix Cobbold bequest to the town.
Park: spruced up in 2015.
People's Hall ('Stoke Hall') in Stoke Street.
has some nice examples of
in 'the banking and insurance quarter' of the town.
station in West End Road, dated in the brickwork.
hoppers and weather vanes are sometimes used to record
area house name plaques.
Library case study
Road and other dated buildings: the
big '1926'; and a selection of other buildings bearing
a butchered house sign on the former post
built-in ceramic sign 'The Blooming Fuchsia'.
in St Peters Street, Cutler Street and the now-demolished Turret Green
School – outside Ipswich boundaries, but a near neighbour.
High School on Westerfield Road.
Schools in Waterworks
and Bond Street are a sobering reminder of the hardships and
of the past; also the story of 'The Merchant House' transplanted to
School and Pleasant Row between Foundation
and Lower Orwell
Bramford Road School,
Street School, Clifford Road School, Springfield Junior School and
Ranelagh Road School, the lost Grey Coat Boys' School, Elm Street
School and Spring Road School are here.
Street has several examples
of lettering built into structures. We celebrate 'Tramway Place 1882'
and related street furniture with a short history of the Ipswich
Brewery: 18th century dated building and environs.
Street has symbols on The Old Pack Horse Inn and The Freemason's
Hall Road off
Belstead Road, or what remains of the Hall; a hidden bonus: the
extensive tunnels beneath it.
Cobbold: 'Cliff Cottage'.
Cobbold Cliff Quay Brewery: 'The Cliff'.
Tom's Cabin in Vernon Street has its name and 'S&P Ltd'
as well as frosted lettered pub windows.
of Suffolk has a wall of calligraphy.
red bricks, their use in local house-building and notes on
Wrestlers in Westerfield Road boasts
See also Lost
Ipswich trade signs (with
sections on 'Before & after the Willis building' and Thomas
Seckford's 'Great Place' in Westgate Street)...
of lost signs.
Named buildings list;
Named (and sometimes dated) buildings
Dated buildings list; Dated buildings
Origins of street names
in Ipswich; Streets named after slavery
Ipswich Tomorrow, 1960s
Historic maps of Ipswich
Timeline: historical eras,
events and monarchs
Freehold Land Society
Ipswich coat of arms
Pubs & Off licences
Brickyards; Ropewalks in Ipswich
Water in Ipswich
[Our 'May Villas 1893' background comes from the Belle Vue Road page.]
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Historic Lettering site: Borin Van Loon
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