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 theater

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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