Prospect of Ipswich: 1741
This view of Ipswich was made by Samuel and Nathaniel
Buck long before the industrial age from a viewpoint near to the Stoke
windmills (close to the present-day junction of Philip Road and
Belstead Road). The River Gipping is to the
left, then Stoke Bridge and
Ipswich docks to the right – the Wet Dock and New Cut came a
later. One of the most striking features on this colourful engraving
are the twelve medieval churches, from left: St Matthew, [then Thomas Seckford's 'Great Place'] St
Mary-At-Elms, St Nicholas, St
Mary-Le-Tower, St Lawrence, St Stephen,
St Margaret, St Peter, St
Mary-At-Quay, tiny St Helen (appearing behind
some trees), St Mary Stoke (just
below the viewer) and St Clement.
[The above illustration appeared in the Ipswich Star, 13.1.2015
accompanying a fascinating article by local historian Dr John Blatchly.]
Stephen Govier, Suffolk historian
Above: Samuel & Nathaniel Buck.
See also our page on Water in Ipswich for
maps showing the Little and Great Gipping Rivers and the River Orwell,
particularly John Ogilby's map of 1674 for
the configuation of waterways shown on the Prospect above.
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