A TIMELINE OF IPSWICH HISTORY
By Tim Lambert
Early 7th Century Ipswich is founded as a small trading settlement
869 Ipswich is captured by the Danes
917 Ipswich is recaptured by the English
1086 Ipswich has a population of about 2,000
1200 Ipswich is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights). The little town flourishes and it exports wool.
1340 Ipswich has a population of about 3,000.
1528 St Marys School is founded
1548 Christchurch Mansion is built
1600 Ipswich has a population of about 4,000. The wool trade is in rapid decline.
1665 There is an outbreak of plague in Ipswich
1680 Ipswich has a population of about 7,500
1720 Ipswich gets its first newspaper
1736 Ipswich gets its first theatre
1800 Ipswich has a population of about 11,000. Shipbuilding, leather, malting and brewing industries flourish in Ipswich. The port booms.
1818 Ipswich is lit by gas
1847 A museum opens in Ipswich
1851 Ipswich has a population of about almost 33,000
1868 A new Town Hall is built
1880s Sewers are dug in Ipswich. Horse drawn trams run in the streets.
1901 Ipswich has a population of about 66,000
1903 Electric trams run in Ipswich
1915 A zeppelin raid on Ipswich
1916 A zeppelin raid on Ipswich kills 1 man
1926 The electric trams cease
1965 The Transport Museum opens
1971 Ipswich has a population of about 123,000
1982 Orwell Bridge is built
1986 Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre opens
1992 Buttermarket Shopping Centre opens
1995 Orwell Country Park opens
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