Front cover image: The Hold, Fore Street elevation, photographed by John Field. See article page 10.

In a packed New Year issue, I just have space here to let you all know that Tony Robson has produced a new edition of the Society’s Blue Plaques booklet. This includes all the new plaques including Peter Schuyler Bruff, Margaret Catchpole and Sophie Youngman. The PDF can be downloaded from our website and the paper booklet is available free from usual outlets. Just as important, our Treasurer has announced that The Ipswich Society benefitted by £1,560 from Gift Aid. We thank all who registered for Gift Aid on their subscriptions and urge any member who hasn’t, and who is a UK taxpayer, to ask for a form from our Hon. Secretary (all contact details are on page 27).      

Robin Gaylard

Stop press: Ipswich Museum has been awarded a £4.3m grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards a redevelopment project. Congratulations.

4 College Street and (below) the former Alexandria Hair Artistry, St Margarets Street; see Street Scene page 12. Photographs by Tim Leggett.

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