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: Dykes Street, Blooming Fuchsia, Turret Lane, Felaw Street, Bistro plaque, Parade Field Terrace, Springfield School, Horse & Groom, 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, Freehold Land Society, Harmony Square, Rainhoppers, Temptation gates, Cavendish Street houses, Waterfront story 2005-, Wolsey's College, Land Girls at Hope House, Grimwade's store, Elliott St Bakery, St Matthew's Hall, Wherstead Red bricks, Ransomes in India, Slavery abolitionists, removal of the Greyhound K6, Chantry gates, 'British Relay' boxes, Unicorn Brewery, Leiston Mill House, Borough crests, Reynolds sculpture, Neptune Inn clock/garden, Ipswich School porch, Morpeth House plaque, The Odeon, Cliff Rd Pillar box, Princes St weather vane, Bolton La Social Club, St Clement interior, 'EWS 7000 Gals', Tooley almshouses, William Tyler, Street names on posts, Street signs on posts, St Mary-at-the-Quay restoration, Tramway poles, 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, Satyresses on Cliff Cottage, Sun Inn interior, Burton descendant, H.W. Turner (history), War memorials, Burtons factory, Stoke Hall photo, Christ's Hospital School photo, Bramford La/Rd bridges, St Clement, Sweets & Tobacco, 130 Lacey Street
updated 21.10.2014
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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 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 at least to the seventh century) 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.
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

Freehold Land Society
Street nameplates Dated rain-hoppers/vanes
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 once in Bridge Street. The masthead is based on a feature on Grimwade's store on Cornhill.]
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2004 Copyright throughout the Ipswich Historic Lettering site: Borin Van Loon
No reproduction of text or images without express written permission