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: Ransomes swing-bridge, HOD display, College Street, Eastern Counties Omnibus Co., The Black Bridge, Dock Street, Dock railway map, Woodbridge milestone gone!, Trinity seals, E. Brand sign, Lost clock of Giles Circus, Bellevue House, Old Jewish cemetery, St Clement Congregational Church, St Michael Church, Narey's Stowmkt, Merchant seamen’s memorial, Barnes of Ipswich, Curson Lodge cellar, Wolsey Gate wall, Sun Inn interior, Burton descendant, War memorials, Burtons factory, Stoke Hall photo, Christ's Hospital School photo, Bramford La/Rd bridges, St Clement, Sweets & Tobacco, 130 Lacey Street, Felixstowe Suffolk House, H.W. Turner (history), Tram Way Place, 'Family Grocer', Derby Road, 'County Supply Stores', Newton Road, Belle Vue houses, Belle Vue Retreat, Serjeants shop sign, Maharani dated beam, British Relay TV update, Bramford Rd house names, Felixstowe Rd FLS houses, Turret Green Chapel demolition, Satyresses on Cliff Cottage/Old Coffee House, Bramford School, Offord's newsagent 1960s, Ipswich brickyards, hidden 'IBH' sign, 'A.E.Blasby', Argyle St sign, Price's Boots 1970s, Bridge Street 1980s, Ogilby map of the dock, C.Hawes 1980s, Shortis Motorist's Discount Store, Over Stoke 'UNDERGROUND', 'H.W. TURNER' 1980s, Thos. Eldred's house, Morpeth House in the Strand Magazine, Grove/Dales brickyards and railway, Shopping in Cauldwell Hall Rd (mid-50s), Ardizzone plaque, Schreiber/Phoenix Road house names, Merchant House, Scott's Brasserie, Alston Road house names, Woodbridge Road 'Vicarage', E. Brand & Sons revealed, Ipswich Labour Exchange, Hope Mews, Gippeswyk Park, Walton Surgical Appliance Co., Egertons update, Scarborow update, Horse & Groom, Margaret Hancock on Rosehill, Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich Maltings Co. fire 1970, Eagle St cartouche, Majors Corner derivation, Friars Bridge Rd, Christchurch Park timeline, Lion Street sign, Prospect of Ipswich 1741, Electric House '39
updated 10.6.2015
Ipswich Historic Lettering: E Brand 2015c   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Lion St small
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 for over a decade. The galleries of images shown here reflect the transition of a very ancient town (Ipswich is the earliest continuously settled town in England, dating back to around AD600, with Ipswich ware being produced from aroun 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 the location of an Ipswich lettering example, try using the Street index listed towards the bottom of the page.
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
Gallery 7
Examples from outside Ipswich

Monasteries  Street nameplates Freehold Land Society These we have lost Historic maps
Wolsey's College Dated rain-hoppers/weather vanes
Rosehill Library case study Pubs & Off licences
Collage: lost trade signs Street furniture
Blue plaques Ipswich coat of arms
Named buildings list
Dated buildings list
Courts & yards
Street Index Street name derivations Slavery abolitionists
Links/Reading List Wet dock map

[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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No reproduction of text or images without express written permission