Next to Rush and Tooley, William Smart is one of the best known merchants of Tudor time Ipswich. He is better known for being the founder of the library in Ipswich. However, he has also made great contributions to the Tooley Almshouses by expanding the structure. So, there is also an inscpription dedicated to Smart with following text: “Let gentle Smart sleep on in pious trust - Behold his charity, respect his dust”. Another place where you will see his name again is “Smart Street”, close to the Almshouses.
Ipswich Borough Council Sports & Activities
Places to visit:
* Alton Water Sports Centre (01473) 328408
* Christchurch Mansion (01473) 253246
* Corn Exchange (01473) 215544
* Crown Pools (01473) 219231
* Hollywood Nightclub (01473) 230666
* Ipswich Regent Theatre (01473) 281480
* Ipswich Town Football Club (01473) 219211
* Ipswich Witches Speedway (01473) 623640
* Ipswich Museum (01473) 213761
* Liberty's Nightclub (01473) 252853
* Odeon Cinema (01473) 215685
* Tolly Cobbold Brewery (01473) 231723
* Wolsey Theatre (01473) 253725
* Northgate (01473) 711211
* Maidenhall (01473) 680644
* Gainsborough (01473) 680644
* Whitton (01473) 462711
Ipswich- between ugly duckling and medieval beauty
If you are not looking for some information on Ipswich, you’ll ask yourself: What the hell is he doing there? Ipswich would barely make it into a top 100 list of UK destinations and most people outside of England haven’t even heard of this place. And those who know it, don’t have the best opinion of it. So, what drives me here?
As most of you know, there’s one thing in the world where I can’t resist: Ryanair giving away flights for a penny + taxes. And the temptation becomes worse when they just request you to pay the credit card fee or nothing at all. The frequency of such bookings could probably be best described in this way: If Ryanair had a frequent flyer program, I would have earned my platin status. Among these penny flights, the most convenient for me (and the one in my region which is mostly given away for free) is Lubeck – Stansted which led to several short trips to London. In mid-2008 there was a short period when I gave up counting my flights going to Stansted wiwthin the next week. And in late May, the day for another flight to Stansted was approaching. Instead of going to central London again, I looked for another place for a daytrip. And that’s how I first heard about Ipswich *. Without looking at further places, I decided to give that one a try.
* I have to admit, that I heard about Ipswich before, although I quickly forgot the name of the city. It was during
the murder series of 2006… ()
Ipswich has a population of around 125 000 inhabitants and is one of England’s oldest cities, dating back to the early 7th century when some settlements developed into a town. It was once an important port and owed its wealth to tradesmen and the local wool industry. Imagine that it was considered that important in the middle ages that it was among the places to have a separate tome of the Domesday Book (later nicknamed “little domesdays”). But as wool trading became less important and the port began to silt up, Ipswich importance and wealth declined. It suffered a similar fate as some places in the Cotswolds – once England’s seventh wealthiest town, now a place off the main roads of the UK. But there is somehting else that Ipswich has in common with the Cotswolds: It’s not the most exiting place on earth, but it has a charme of the past which makes the town worth to see. Although some modern buildings were placed in the city center, many older buildings have been preserved. Most of these are from the late middle ages and the Tudor years, which was the time of properity in Ipswich. And like every place in the UK with some history, also Ipswich has its own legends and heroes which distinguishes it from others.
England -v- Croatia
On 20th August 2003, Ipswich played host to a full England international for the very first time. Ticket priority went to the 2,000 England supporters who had travelled to South Africa. The rest of the 30,000 seater stadium went on sale and were sold out in 2 hours.
The game was to be a warm-up as part of the preparation for the Euro 2004 qualifiers against Macedonia and Leichtenstein.
The final score was England 3 Croatia 1 so a good time was had by all.
"The Venue - Portman Road"
I arrived at Ipswich at about lunchtime to meet up with some friends for a quite beer or two before the game.
The Portman Road stadium is newly redevelopment and it's a great venue to watch football. In the past, it has hosted pop concerts for people such as Tina Turner but tonight it was all about football.
As with all major sporting events, the street vendors selling England merchandies were everywhere. Some outlets were official and others weren't but hey, we live in a free market so what the hell.
I didn't need to buy anything as one of my friends already had our flag ready to hang up.
In case you didn't know, getting your flag into the prime location at the stadium is a big deal for England matches. Consequently, to have any chance of getting your flag in the best location, you have to be there when the doors open.
"The Starting Lineups"
The England and Croatia teams line up ready to be presented to guest of honour Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby was a former manager of the Ipswich team and has a statue outside the stadium. He left Ipswich to become manager of England where he lead the team to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990.
After only a few minutes, England are awarded a penalty. David Beckham steps up and gives England the lead.
Well, we finally got our flag on display during the 2nd half. A couple of the stewards had been complaining about it covering up some adverts
If you want to see more football travels around England, Europe and even one trip to Africa involving me and my friends, check out my other website.