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    View the Orwell Bridge

    by joanj Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    As mentioned in another tip (off the beaten path) the Orwell Bridge is well worth a look either from driving across it on the A14 (to Felixstowe) or on the road to Shotley Peninusla.

    The bridge is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year, and it took 3 years to complete, is 1,2878 metres, and was first opened to traffic on December 17th 1982. Piles were sunk 40 metres into the river bed to support the two concrete box sections that hold up the centre span of 190 metres. The bridge carries in the region of 60,000 vehicles each day and is used to 80% of it's capacity. It also takes mega tonnes of Port of Felixstowe road freight away from the town of Ipswich.

    Orwell Bridge taken from road to Shotley

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    Lovely stonework - St. Mary-le-Tower

    by joanj Written Jun 5, 2006

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    This is the Civic Church of Ipswich and has lovely stonework, it is nestled up a narrow street, so cannot capture the full beauty of the whole church on camera.

    If you are interested in visiting old churches when visiting a town, check this one out.

    Civic Church St. Mary-le-Tower information view from a side street

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    St Mary le Tower

    by Tom_Fields Written Dec 27, 2005

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    The Victorian parish church of St Mary le Tower dominates the town centre. This beautiful church is the town's largest. A church has stood on this site since at least the time of the Norman invasion of 1066. The present one dates back to 1850.

    St Mary le Tower The church yard
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    Ipswich Town Centre

    by Tom_Fields Written Dec 27, 2005

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    Strolling about the town centre, one can see a number of historic buildings and various other points of interest. These include the Ancient House, with its representation of the continents of the world, the old Town Hall, and some nice parks.

    Ipswich Town Hall The Ancient House War memorial Park in Ipswich
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    Christchurch Mansion

    by Tom_Fields Written Dec 27, 2005

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    This magnificent 16th century Tudor mansion houses a fine collection of art, and has exhibits on local people, history, and culture. The artwork includes paintings by old English masters such as Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable, as well as a great collection of vintage porcelain.

    The site was originally occupied by an Augustinian priory. King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of all the monasteries in 1539, this property was taken over by the crown. It was later sold to the Withypoll family. Claude Fonnereau, a wealthy London merchant, bought it in the 18th century. Felix Cobbold purchased it in 1892, and donated it to the city. Since 1896, it's been a museum.

    Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich Christchurch Mansion Park
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    Maritime Ipswich

    by Tom_Fields Written Dec 27, 2005

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    This is like a huge fair, or trade show. There are many attractions, ranging from various boats, to displays of marine life, to music, to antique cars, to a hand-to-hand combat demonstration by the Royal Marine Commandos (who warn against trying this at home). And there is a lot more, including local seafood.

    Boats at Maritime Ipswich Antique cars Musicians perform at Maritime Ipswich A visiting square rigger Royal Marines combat demonstration
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    Transport Museum

    by joanj Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    Ipswich Transport Museum has a host of vehicles to view. They do recommend that you allow at least one hour to view.

    Admission prices are

    Adult Pound sterling 3.00
    Children pound sterling 1.75p
    Concessions pound sterling 2.50
    Family ticket pound sterling 8.00

    phone for opening times. they vary with school holidays and bank holidays etc.

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    A NICE AREA

    by BerniShand Written Apr 9, 2004

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    The area around the waterfront is very well restored, and there are a few nice looking places to eat, drink and socialise
    I didnt go in any of them, they were closed when I was there
    this boat is used as a restaurant

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    BLACKFRIARS

    by BerniShand Written Apr 9, 2004

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    Here is the remains of Blackfriars priory, it was founded in 1263 on land gifted by Henry III, and demolished almost 200 years later during the reign of Henry VIII

    The shape of the buildings are clearly visible, and there are tourist information boards at the site

    this was the altar
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    Ancient buildings

    by joanj Written Apr 21, 2008

    Well not my colour choice for a building, but it sure does catch the eye. The orange coloured building is now a book store, old, sought after books.

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    THE TOOLEY ALMS HOUSES

    by BerniShand Written Apr 9, 2004

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    the funding for these almshouses was provided by Henry Tooley, who left money in his will for them
    they were rebuilt in 1846

    the restored almshouses
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    THE BASIN

    by BerniShand Written Apr 9, 2004

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    there were some gorgeous boats moored in the basin, and it was very picturesque
    it covers an area of 35 acres, and when it was developed in 1842 was the largest inland basin in England

    view of the basin
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    • Sailing and Boating
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    THE CUSTOMS HOUSE

    by BerniShand Written Apr 9, 2004

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    this is an impressive building, it was built in 1842 and is now the offices of Ipswich Port Authourity

    apologies for the light reflection on the picture

    the impressive frontage
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    WHERRY LANE

    by BerniShand Written Apr 9, 2004

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    the historic waterfront is reached by Wherry Lane, a tiny attractive little lane lined with galleries and design shops

    a wherry is a type of boat

    wherry lane
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    PUBLIC BATHS

    by BerniShand Written Apr 9, 2004

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    the public baths were built in 1894 and are one of the earliest baths in Ipswich
    the building itself is very attractive

    with windows like portholes
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