Site Event/Activity record ESF23374 - Excavation, 32 - 38 Buttermarket, Ipswich, (IAS3201).

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Location 32 - 38 Buttermarket, Ipswich.
Grid reference Centred TM 1640 4453 (36m by 47m)
Map sheet TM14SE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



1988: The site was excavated prior to the Ipswich Central Area Shopping Scheme (I/0/13/87). This development, by Legal and General Assurance Society Ltd, included a large area west of St Stephen’s lane (IAS 3104) and this site, previously occupied by the ABC cinema, fronting the Buttermarket and east of the lane. A wide strip was left unexcavated along the west side of the site, to ensure that no structural damage was caused to the adjacent Ancient House. Archaeological deposits had been destroyed along the Buttermarket frontage by a cinema basement. There was also some truncation caused by the cinema auditorium floor, which sloped southwards, but this was limited as the natural slope of the site was 1:40 from north to south.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Bibliographic reference: Scull, C.. 2009. Early Medieval Cemeteries (Late 5th-Early 8th Centuries AD) at Boss Hall and Buttermarket, Ipswich, Suffolk. The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 27.
  • --- Article in serial: Martin, E.A., Pendleton, C. & Plouviez, J.. 1989. Archaeology in Suffolk 1988. XXXVII (1). XXXVII.1, pp. 59–77..

Related Monuments/Buildings (11)

  • 32 - 38 Buttermarket, Ipswich, (IAS3201), (Monument)
  • Building 0057 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Building 0317 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Building 0454 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Hearth 00048 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Hearth 0108 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Ring Ditch 415 and Grave 424 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Saxon Cemetary, Buttermarket, St. Stephens Lane, Ipswich. SPECULATIVE (IAS 3104). (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Well 0012 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Well 0046 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Well 0139 (Ipswich UAD child record)

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May 9 2017 10:34AM

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