Monument record IPS 158 - St Margaret's Church, Ipswich. (IAS 7806)

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St Margaret's Church, Ipswich.


Grid reference Centred TM 1662 4485 (93m by 84m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (9)

Full Description

St Margaret's Church. Square W tower, nave with aisles, South porch, North and South transepts, chancel with vestries on North and South sides.

Core from circa 1300, tower added circa 1400, transepts, clerestory and porch circa 1450 (S1).

1999: Churchyard was excavated by Suffolk County Council Archaeology Unit prior to the construction of a new porch. Report by Nellie Finch in archive, (S3).

2004: A small area of graveyards was cleared of burials in preparation for the construction of a north porch extension. The footprint of the new building was excavated to a depth of half a metre below the nave floor, removing over a metre of overburden in places. The overburden comprised a typical cemetery soil, rich in disarticulated bone as a result of re-working over the course of centuries. The last 500mm of the excavated area revealed 13 full or partial bodies. Only two of the bodies could be dated with any certainty, having come from graves with 19th century coffin furniture still in place. Two large pits were also revealed on the western edge of the site. These both contained disarticulated bone and post medieval pottery (S2, S3).

[letter, number] refers to mentions in the Suffolk Council Archaeological Service Ipswich Documentary Card index.
St Margarets church, 1334
St Margarets churchyard, 1341

2017 DBA: Chruch Yard illustrated on Tithe Map 1848, St Margaret's. Tithe apportionment states: Landowner: Fonnereau, William Charles Occupier: Himself, Description: Church Yard (S4).

Visible on Speede's Map of 1610, (S6).

" ... In ancient times Trinity Chapel stood near this spot.
This chapel .... formerly belonged to the priory of Holy
Trinity" (See TM 14 SE 7). (S7)

" ... Simon (a Canon of Holy Trinity Priory) son of Osbert,
gave the church of Holy Trinity itself (1162 AD)". (S8)

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Tricker, R. 1982. Ipswich Churches. Tricker R, Ipswich Churches, 1982.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Everett, L. 2004. Archaeological Excavation Report: St Margaret's Church, Ipswich (IAS 7806).
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Finch E.. 1999. Archaeological Evaluation, St. Margaret's Churchyard, Ipswich, (IAS 7806).
  • <S4> Map: 1848. Tithe Map and Apportionment, St Margaret's, Ipswich.
  • <S5> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Ipswich Documentary Card index.
  • <S6> Cartographic materials: Speede, J.. 1610. Map of Ipswich..
  • <S7> Personal Correspondence: Rev A B G Lillingstone. Unknown Date. Unknown Source.
  • <S8> Bibliographic reference: Redstone, Lillian, J.. 1948. Ipswich Through the Ages. 76.
  • <S9> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

May 21 2021 1:55PM

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