A Walk Around Ipswich

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Between 884 and 1069 AD Ipswich underwent many raids from Danes and Vikings. In the later years of this period the town plan and boundaries were finalised and Tower Ramparts were constructed (you pass a street of this name).
In mediaeval times Ipswich became rich through the wool trade and commerce across the North Sea. By 1200 it was the sixth or seventh richest town in the land. It is also the oldest continually inhabited Anglo-Saxon town. In 1292 it was building warships for Edward 1st and Chaucer's family had a tavern there (you pass the site on this walk). Cardinal Wolsey was born there, the son of a local butcher; in 1555-6 many Protestants were burned and became known as the Ipswich Martyrs.

You will pass Sparrowe's House, also known as the Ancient House with superb pargeting and carvings. The Great White Horse Inn may have provided the setting for Pickwick Papers. In Grimwade Street and the surrounding area are the houses of former mariners, including that of Thomas Cavendish, the second Englishman to circumnavigate the earth. Although it has not yet been granted, Ipswich is currently seeking city status. Its football club has achieved well-earned success and retains its links with local brewing families. Signs of modern trade and industry will be there in abundance on this walk, although you will also see the sylvan splendour of ancient parkland.

England - East England - Suffolk - Broads


Birds, Church, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Play Area, Pub, River, Toilets
17/04/2016 - Sid Marks

A really lovely walk with lots of photo opportunities. Just a couple of updates needed which are,at waymark 11 the Brewery Tap Inn has now closed down.At waymark 16,the roundabout has been replaced with traffic lights.Go straight across the lights into Princes Street with the black glass building on your right to arrive at Museum Street on your left.We made the walk around 7 miles.

22/09/2009 - Adrian Perkins

This is a truly fascinating walk. I thought I knew Ipswich. I didn't. Walked and Updates entered September 2009, and a minor change to the route where the short stretch through the commercial docks has been permanently locked up tight. Adrian (Admin).