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Ipswich, Suffolk

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Ipswich, Suffolk

Ipswich Listen/ˈɪpswɪtʃ/ is a large town and a non-metropolitan district. It is the county town of Suffolk, England. Ipswich is located on the estuary of the River Orwell. Nearby towns are Felixstowe, Needham Market and Stowmarket in Suffolk and Harwich and Colchester in Essex.
Administrative CountySuffolk
Traditional CountySuffolk
OS GridTM1644
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthoritySuffolk

Other names by which Ipswich, Suffolk has been known in the past

Felaws Houses ~ Gippwich ~ Gipwic ~ Gypeswic ~ Gyppewicus ~ Holy Trinity ~ Ipswich Water ~ Ipswitch ~ Jpswitch ~ Gepesuiz ~ Gopeswic ~ Gopeswiz ~ Gipewid ~ Gypeswiz

Ipswich, Suffolk in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ipswich, parl. and mun. bor., seaport, and co. town, Suffolk, 12 miles from the sea, 24 miles SE. of Bury St Edmunds, and 68 miles NE. of London, 8192 ac., pop. 50,546; 3 Banks, 5 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. Ipswich is a quaint and ancient town, its name being a corruption of the old English Gypeswic or Gippeswic, meaning a city on the Gipping. It is on the left bank of that river, which here enters the estuary of the Orwell. The town has extensive docks, supported by a large shipping traffic. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Shipbuilding is carried on to some extent, but the principal trade is in corn, agricultural implements, and artificial manures. Nearly all the public buildings are of modern date, but in the old town there are some curious specimens of ancient domestic architecture notably Sparrowes' House (1567), Archdeacon's Place (1471), and Wolsey's Gateway (1528). The bor. returns 2 members to Parliament.

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