Ipswich Historic Lettering launched in 6.03 & moved to this domain (with a redirect from our old GeoCities home) on 17.9.09.
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Recent updates: Burton fountain, Stoke Bridge, ICWW Hydrant cover, Rope Walk, Co-op Carr Street, Leiston Works, K6 phone kiosks, NLS historic maps, Wm. Paul Tenements Trust, Cauldwell Hall Road, Baden-Powell Cottages, Scarborow newly discovered sign, Ipswich Barracks, Oak House, Milestones, Museum St Weslyan Chapel, A.R. Wrinch, County Library, Giles Circus, Great White Horse, St Helens Church Lane, Dock/river map 1804, Lady Lane shrine, Curson Lodge, Coytes Gardens, Ransomes warehouse, Street nameplates, Arcade Street, The Emperor, Quill Court, Boundary markers, Egerton's, Tower Ramparts, EUR pub, Lost Paul's maltings, St Helens tramway, J. Pooley & Co., Lost trade signs, Lower Orwell Street, Silent Street, Constantine Power Station, St Clement, Newton Road Grocery, Ancient House, 52 degrees North, Palmerston Road, Sherrington Road, St Stephens Church Lane, Ipswich Museum extension, H.W. Parker, Wolsey statue, Harry Seaman, Myrtle Rd memorial, Erwarton, Fore St Baths, Buss Webb drain cover, Nestlés Milk- Bramford Rd, Holy Trinity Church, St Clements Church Lane, Martin & Newby, Garton & King drain covers, St Mary-at-the-Quay archaeology, Dykes Street, Blooming Fuchsia, Turret Lane, Felaw Street, Bistro plaque, Parade Road Terrace, Springfield School, Horse & Groom, 'British Relay' boxes, All Saints Church, O.S. benchmark, Mystery sign: Argyle St, St Lawrence Church, Pavement 'Clean it up!', Needham Market, St John's Lodge, Star Lane, Wolsey Gate, Paul's malting, Suffolk Rd Stores, Fore & Eagle Street signs, Ipswich map 1780, Purplett/Tyler Streets, Harmony Square, Rainhoppers, Temptation gates, Cavendish Street houses, Waterfront story 2005-
updated 23.4.2014
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Boundary M1 thumb     Ipswich Historic Lettering: Ransomes warehouse 1a thumb     Ipswich Historic Lettering: Trinity seal thumb
This website is dedicated to a special project devised and developed by the 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 for several years. The galleries of images shown here reflect the transition of a very ancient town (Ipswich is the earliest continuous settlement in England, dating back at least to the seventh century) as it progresses through the twenty first century. They will be updated and extended regularly including non-Ipswich examples in Gallery 7.
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

Themed pages Street nameplates Dated rainwater hoppers
These we have lost Collage: lost signs
Pubs & Off licences Monasteries   Rosehill Library case study Timelines Historic maps
Ipswich coat of arms Blue plaques Named buildings list
Dated buildings list
Courts & yards
Street Index Street name derivations Slavery abolitionists
Links/Reading/Comments Wet dock map

[Note: the letter 'R' we are using as a background here is taken from the cast iron street sign in Bridge Street.]
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No reproduction of text or images without express written permission