Ipswich  further reading


Below is a list of resources to guide further study. This list is not exhaustive.


Archive and Planning

Development and Archaeology: Supplementary Planning Document, 2018, Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich 1974-1990 Excavation Archive

Signposts to Ipswich Archive (PDF)


Archaeology of Ipswich

Crabtree, P., Middle Saxon Animal Husbandry in East Anglia, East Anglian Archaeology, vol.143, 2012

Blinkhorn, P., ‘Middle Saxon pottery from the Buttermarket kiln, Ipswich’, Medieval Ceramics, vol. 13, pp.12-16, 1990

Blinkhorn, P., The Ipswich Ware Project: ceramics, trade and society in Middle Saxon England, Medieval Pottery Research Group, Occasional Paper 7, 2012

Dunmore, S., Gray, V., Loader, T. and Wade, K., ‘The Origins and Development of Ipswich: an Interim Report’, East Anglian Archaeology, vol.1, pp.57-67, 1975

Dunmore, S., Loader, T. and Wade, K., ‘Ipswich Archaeological Survey: Second Interim Report’, East Anglian Archaeology, vol.3, pp.135-140, 1976

Hurst J. G. & West S.E., Saxo-Norman Pottery in East Anglia, II, Proceedings of Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1957

Layard, N., ‘Underground Ipswich’, East Anglian Daily Times, 28th September 1898

Layard, N., ‘Recent discoveries on the site of the Carmelite Convent at Ipswich and the Old River Quay’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, vol. X, pp.183-188, 1899

Layard, N, ‘An Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Ipswich’,  Archaeologia, vol. 60, pp.325-52, 1907

Scole Committee, Ipswich: The Archaeological Implications of Development, 1973

Scull, C., Early Medieval (Late 5th-Early 8th Centuries AD) Cemeteries at Boss Hall and Buttermarket, Ipswich, Suffolk, Society of Medieval Archaeology Monograph Ser., vol.27, 2009

Smedley, N., and Owles, E.,  ‘Some Suffolk kilns: IV. Saxon kilns in Cox Lane’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, vol. XXIX, pp.304-335, 1963

Wade, K,  ‘Sampling at Ipswich: The origins and growth of the Anglo-Saxon Town’,  in Cherry, J.F., Gamble, C., and Shennan, S., Sampling in Contemporary British Archaeology (BAR British Series 50), 1978

Wade, K. ‘Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Ipswich’ in Dymond, D., and Martin, E. (eds), An Historical Atlas of Suffolk, pp.122-123, 1988a

Wade, K. ‘Ipswich’ in Hodges, R., and Hobley, B. (eds), The Rebirth of Towns in the West, AD 700-1050, Council British Archaeology Research Report 68, pp. 93-100, 1988b

Wade, K. ‘The Urbanisation of East Anglia: the Ipswich Perspective’ in Julie Gardner (ed), Flatlands & Wetlands: Current Themes in East Anglian Archaeology, East Anglian Archaeology, vol. 50, pp.144-151, 1993

Wade, K., ‘Gipeswic – East Anglia’s First Economic Capital 600-1066’, Ipswich from the First to the Third Millennium, The Ipswich Society, pp.1-6, 2001

West, S. E., ‘Excavations at Cox Lane (1958) and at the Town Defences, Shire Hall Yard, Ipswich (1959)’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, vol. XXIX, pp.233-303, 1963


Understanding Historical Sources


Allen, D., 'Ipswich Borough Archives 1255-1835; A Catalogue', Suffolk Record Society, vol. XLIII, 2000

Amor, N.R., 'Late Medieval Ipswich Trade and Industry', Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2011

Chamberlain, H., 'Ipswich 200 Years Ago; Showing the Extent and Rateable Value of the Town at that Period being a Correct Copy of an Assessment made in the Year 1689', Ipswich, 1830

Clarke, G.R., 'History and Description of the Town of Ipswich', Ipswich, 1830

Clegg, M., 'Streets and Street Names in Ipswich', Salient Press, County Hall, Ipswich, 1984

Copinger, W.A., Manors of Suffolk; Notes on their History and Devolution: Hundreds of Hoxne, Lackford and Loes', vol. 5, 1909

Hunt, W.P., 'Two Rentals of the Priory of the Holy Trinity in Ipswich, Suffolk; temp Hen III and Edward I', Ipswich, 1847

Martin, G.H., 'The Ipswich Recognizance Rolls 1294-1327; A Calendar', (SRS 1973)

Richardson, W.H., 'The Annalls of Ipswich; The Lawes, Customes and Government of the Same... by Nathaniel Bacon 1654', Ipswich, 1884

Hervey, S.H.A., 'Suffolk in 1674; The Hearth Tax Returns', Woodbridge, 1905

Wodderspoon, J., 'Memorials of the Ancient Town of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk', Pawsey, Ipswich, 1850

Youngs, F.A., 'Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England', Southern England Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, vol. 1, London, 1980


Proceeding of the Suffolk Institute:

Blatchly, J., and B. Haward, 'Sir Robert, Lord Curson, Soldier, Courtier and Spy, and his Ipswich Mansion', vol. XLI, part 2, 2007

Fairclough, J., 'The Bounds of Stoke and the Hamlets of Ipswich', vol. XL, part 3, 2003

Grimsey, B.P., 'Lord Curson's House: The Bishop's Palace, Ipswich', vol. VII, part 3, 1891

Layard, N.F., 'Recent Discoveries on the Site of the Carmelite Convent of IPswich and the Old River Quay', vol. X, part 2, 1899

Powell, E., 'The Taxation of IPswich for the Welsh War in 1282', vol. XII, part 2, 1905

Redstone, V.B., 'The Carmelites of Ipswich', vol. X., part 2, 1899

Redstone, V.B., 'Early Suffolk Willa', vol. XV, part 3, 1915

Suffolk Review:

Breen, A., 'The Ship Owners of IPswich in 1283: A Maritime Community', Suffolk Review, New Series, Spring 2009

Breen, A., 'Ipswich Tallage Roll 1227: An Introduction', Suffolk Review, New Series, Spring 2010

Ridgard, J., 'Ipswich Tallage Roll 1227', Suffolk Review, New Series, Spring 2010


Useful Websites

Suffolk Record Office

Ipswich Archaeological Trust

Ipswich Maritime Trust

Stephen Alsford ‘Medieval Ipswich’

University of Iowa Calendar of Patent Rolls

a historic map of Ipswich

Urban Archaeological Database

a database of archaeology in Ipswich

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photo of people excavating in ipswich

Archaeological Research in Ipswich

past investigations in the town

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1837 painting of Ipswich docks showing river  structures and ship building

Historical Sources

for understanding Ipswich

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