Monument record IPS 643 - Stoke Quay, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.

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Evaluation and excavation identified Early Saxon cemetery and Ipswich ware pottery kiln, ditches, pits and finds dating to the middle and late Saxon periods and late 9th century church and cemetery. Excavation was issued IPS 683 - to be recorded on the HER in IPS 643


Grid reference Centred TM 1654 4383 (137m by 174m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (25)

Full Description

2005: Desk Based Assessment, (S5).

2001: Desk Based Assessment, (S6).

2011: Evaluation identified ditches, pits and finds dating to the Middle and Late Saxon periods and a Medieval cemetery(S1, S4).

2012: Full excavation (issued number IPS 683) revealed a late 7th/early 8th century cemetery including 7 small ring ditches (one with a sword and glass 'palm cup') and 11 inhumation burials with few grave goods , suggesting a relatively late transitional pagan/christian date. Also an Ipswich ware kiln and numerous Middle Saxon pits, wells,and post holes from structures are found across the site. Norman church of St Augustine (replacing earlier timber structure) and remainder of cemetery (at least 1000 burials) and numerous medieval and Saxon features. Medieval occupation traces across the whole site but concentrated close to Whip Street. The church was robbed of its stone after 1484 when last mentioned and replaced by the King's Cooperage in the 17th century and then a shipyard in the 18th century. The Union workhouse (replaced by malthouses by 1904) was constructed at the south end of the site and the New Cut excavated (1839-42) along the eastern boundary of the site.

There is also a significant number of Terminal Palaeolithic "long blades" as well as Mesolithic to Iron Age flint material. Mostly residusal in other features, (S8, S9).

Final report forthcoming, summary in (S3, S2).

See also IPS 144, IPS 476, IPS 860, IPS 861
St Augustines churchyard, 1312
St Austins church, 1311

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Cass S. 2011. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Stoke Quay, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.
  • <S2> Article in serial: Ipswich Archaeological Trust. 2012. Ipswich Archaeological Trust News 83.
  • <S3> Article in serial: Ipswich Archaeological Trust. 2012. Ipswich Archaeological Trust News 82.
  • <S4> Article in serial: Brown, A., Martin, E.A. & Plouviez, J.. 2012. Archaeology in Suffolk 2011. XXXXII (4).
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Gardner, R.. 2005. Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment. Bolenda/Graham Group/Whip Street Motors, Stoke Quay, Ipswich.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Gardner R, Sommers M & Breen A. 2010. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment, 9-11, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.
  • <S7> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Ipswich Documentary Card index.
  • <S8> Bibliographic reference: Billington, L, P.. 2016. Lithic Scatters and Landscape Occupation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic: A Case Study from Eastern England.. P 193.
  • <S9> Unpublished document: Bishop, Barry. 2015. Archaeological Excavations at Stoke Quay, Ipswich. Site Code IPS683, Struck Flint Publication text.

Finds (39)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 18 2022 3:43PM

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