A TIMELINE OF IPSWICH HISTORY

By Tim Lambert

Medieval Ipswich

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.

Renaissance Ipswich

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

19th Century Ipswich

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.

20th Century Ipswich

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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