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About Ipswich

Ipswich is located both on the estuary of the River Orwell and the River Gipping, therefore the waterfront has played an important role in the history of Ipswich. This area has been subject to redevelopment over recent years. The Old Customs House being a listed building has not been subjected to any major structural changes, the old flour mills and original maltings, however, like many others in the country have been successfully converted, together with some new build to produce a vibrant area of shops, hotels, restaurants and apartments. In the areas of the town which have been selected as worthy of conservation the local authority has set some standards for future alterations and development. This includes the replacement of windows, eaves and gable verges with only those that would replicate the old details as much as possible. Materials are also seen as important such as brickwork, tiles and plaster should also match the old as closely as possible.

In terms of architectural interest, Ipswich has often been overshadowed by its more established neighbour, Colchester. Ipswich does, however, offer some outstanding architectural gems. The most impressive example is Freston Tower which is located on the edge of the town overlooking the Orwell Estuary. This remarkable folly is now owned by the Land Mark Trust and is available for holidays.

Ancient House, a timber frame building in the centre of the town, displays an unusual plaster relief decoration between the stud-work known as pargeting. A more unusual Listed Building is Broomhill Pool an open air lido opened in 1938. Closed to the public in 2002, a long battle has ensued with the Local Council in an effort to re-open the pool and restore it to its original condition. When it opened the pool and its buildings were described as "a stunning beauty" with its white washed changing rooms and multi coloured paving slabs. One of the finest examples of its time, the pool itself was also both floodlit and heated. Of further interest is the only surviving set of Wicksteed diving boards which are still set above the pool's 15 foot diving pit. The Broomhill Trust has been established to save the pool and safely take it into a new era.