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Ransomes & Rapier, although most commonly associated with farm equipment and domestic lawn mowers, also designed and manufactured some of the world’s largest cranes. From building cranes for use in railway construction the company expanded into their manufacture for other … Continue reading

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Red Planet

Sunset over Broom Hill.

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Four Seasons

These four stained glass windows, each representing a season, are installed in the corners of the Ipswich School Library gallery and were commissioned by the School from John Piper. Piper (1903-1992), was renowned for his romantic landscapes, views of ruined … Continue reading

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Ipswich 1 Blackpool 0

Just thinking before Michael Chopra scored the winner that we have yet to see the best of Chops. The baggage he arrived at Portman Road with – and the extra baggage he’s collected since (not least the 10-year ban handed … Continue reading

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William Nevill “Nut” Cobbold

The Cobbold family are inextricably linked with Ipswich Town Football Club. Ivan, John and Patrick as Chairmen are the most well known. Lady Blanche Cobbold to a lesser extent. In the mid-Sixties, she became the first female president of a … Continue reading

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Ostrich Creek

This is the view out from Bourne Bridge which carries Wherstead Road over Ostrich Creek at the southern edge of Ipswich. On the left is the Orwell Yacht Club and to the right Fox’s Marina. Out of picture is the … Continue reading

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This is the former showroom and offices of Barnes of Ipswich on Upper Orwell Street whose neglected and decaying shell has been brought back to life by street artists aroma designs and mister millerchip through a public art commission from … Continue reading

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Car 33

An Act of Parliament passed in 1900 allowed Ipswich Corporation to operate an electric tram service within the town. Over the next three years a tram depot was built on Constantine Road (adjacent to the Portman Road football ground) and … Continue reading

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Snowdrops at Wherstead Park.

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HMS Victory

When travelling backwards and forwards from Suffolk to Gosport a few years back I would go slightly out of my way – both journey time and cost wise – so that I could complete the journey with a trip across … Continue reading

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