By Tim Lambert
Early 7th Century
Ipswich is founded as a small trading settlement
Ipswich is captured by the Danes
Ipswich is recaptured by the English
Ipswich has a population of about 2,000
Ipswich is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights). The little town flourishes and it exports wool.
Ipswich has a population of about 3,000.
St Marys School is founded
Christchurch Mansion is built
Ipswich has a population of about 4,000. The wool trade is in rapid decline.
There is an outbreak of plague in Ipswich
Ipswich has a population of about 7,500
Ipswich gets its first newspaper
Ipswich gets its first theater
Ipswich has a population of about 11,000. Shipbuilding, leather, malting and brewing industries flourish in Ipswich. The port booms.
Ipswich is lit by gas
A museum opens in Ipswich
Ipswich has a population of about almost 33,000
A new Town Hall is built
Sewers are dug in Ipswich. Horse-drawn trams run in the streets.
Ipswich has a population of about 66,000
Electric trams run in Ipswich
A zeppelin raid on Ipswich
A zeppelin raid on Ipswich kills 1 man
The electric trams cease
The Transport Museum opens
Ipswich has a population of about 123,000
Orwell Bridge is built
Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre opens
Buttermarket Shopping Centre opens
Orwell Country Park opens