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IPSWICH (/ˈɪpswɪtʃ/ ( listen )) is the county town of Suffolk
Suffolk
, England
England
, located on the estuary of the River Orwell , about 60 miles (97 km) north east of London. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and its port has been one of England's most important for the whole of its history.

Ipswich
Ipswich
is a non-metropolitan district . The urban development of Ipswich
Ipswich
overspills the borough boundaries significantly, with 75% of the town's population living within the borough at the time of the 2011 Census , when it was the fourth-largest urban area in the United Kingdom's East of England region, and the 42nd largest urban area in England
England
and Wales . In 2011, the town of Ipswich
Ipswich
was found to have a population of 133,384, while the Ipswich
Ipswich
built-up area is estimated to have a population of approximately 180,000

The modern name is derived from the medieval name Gippeswic, probably taken either from an Old Saxon personal name or from an earlier name of the Orwell estuary (although unrelated to the name of the River Gipping ). It has also been known as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Roman settlement * 1.2 Middle Ages * 1.3 Early-modern era * 1.4 19th and 20th centuries * 1.5 21st century

* 2 Districts * 3 Culture * 4 Buildings * 5 Government * 6 Industry * 7 Transport * 8 Sport

* 9 Education

* 9.1 Schools * 9.2 Further and higher education

* 10 Climate * 11 2006 serial murders * 12 Famous residents * 13 Twin towns * 14 See also * 15 References * 16 External links

HISTORY

ROMAN SETTLEMENT

Ipswich
Ipswich
is one of England's oldest towns , if not the oldest. The claim has also been made of the Essex town of Colchester , but that town was abandoned for some time, leaving Ipswich
Ipswich
to claim to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in England. Under the Roman empire , the area around Ipswich
Ipswich
formed an important route inland to rural towns and settlements via the rivers Orwell and Gipping . A large Roman fort , part of the coastal defences of Britain, stood at Walton near Felixstowe (13 miles, 21 km), and the largest Roman villa in Suffolk
Suffolk
(possibly an administrative complex) stood at Castle Hill (north-west Ipswich).

MIDDLE AGES

The modern town took shape in Anglo-Saxon times (7th–8th centuries) around Ipswich dock . As the coastal states of north-western Europe emerged from the collapse of the Roman Empire, essential North Sea trade and communication between eastern Britain and the continent (especially to Scandinavia
Scandinavia
, and through the Rhine ) passed through the former Roman ports of London
London
(serving the kingdoms of Mercia , the East Saxons , Kent ) and York
York
(Eoforwic) (serving the Kingdom of Northumbria ).

Gipeswic (also Gippelwich) ) arose as the equivalent to these, serving the Kingdom of East Anglia , its early imported wares dating to the time of King Rædwald , supreme ruler of the English (616–624). The famous ship-burial and treasure at Sutton Hoo nearby (9 miles, 14.5 km) is probably his grave. The Ipswich Museum houses replicas of the Roman Mildenhall and Sutton Hoo treasures . A gallery devoted to the town's origins includes Anglo-Saxon weapons , jewellery and other artefacts. Ancient House is decorated with a particularly fine example of pargeting . Timber-frame buildings in St Nicholas Street

The 7th-century town was centred near the quay. Towards 700 AD, Frisian potters from the Netherlands
Netherlands
area settled in Ipswich
Ipswich
and set up the first large-scale potteries in England
England
since Roman times. Their wares were traded far across England, and the industry was unique to Ipswich
Ipswich
for 200 years. With growing prosperity, in about 720 AD a large new part of the town was laid out in the Buttermarket area. Ipswich
Ipswich
was becoming a place of national and international importance. Parts of the ancient road plan still survive in its modern streets.

After the invasion of 869 Ipswich
Ipswich
fell under Viking
Viking
rule. The earth ramparts circling the town centre were probably raised by Vikings in Ipswich
Ipswich
around 900 to prevent its recapture by the English. They were unsuccessful. The town operated a mint under royal licence from King Edgar in the 970s, which continued through the Norman Conquest until the time of King John , in about 1215. The abbreviation 'Gipes' appears on the coins.

King John granted the town its first charter in 1200, laying the medieval foundations of its modern civil government.

In the next four centuries it made the most of its wealth, trading Suffolk
Suffolk
cloth with the Continent . Five large religious houses, including two Augustinian Priories (St Peter and St Paul, and Holy Trinity, both mid-12th century ), and those of the Greyfriars ( Franciscans , before 1298), Ipswich Whitefriars ( Carmelites founded 1278–79) and Ipswich Blackfriars (Dominicans , before 1263), stood in medieval Ipswich. The last Carmelite Prior of Ipswich
Ipswich
was the celebrated John Bale , author of the oldest English historical verse-drama (Kynge Johan, c.1538). There were also several hospitals, including the leper hospital of St Mary Magdalene, founded before 1199.

During the Middle Ages the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Grace was a famous pilgrimage destination, and attracted many pilgrims including Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon . At the Reformation the statue was taken away to London
London
to be burned, though some claim that it survived and is preserved at Nettuno , Italy.

Around 1380, Geoffrey Chaucer satirised the merchants of Ipswich
Ipswich
in the Canterbury Tales . Thomas Wolsey , the future cardinal , was born in Ipswich
Ipswich
about 1475 as the son of a wealthy landowner. One of Henry VIII 's closest political allies, he founded a college in the town in 1528, which was for its brief duration one of the homes of the Ipswich School . He remains one of the town's most famed figures. Neptune Marina Quay, Ipswich
Ipswich

EARLY-MODERN ERA

During the 14th to 17th centuries Ipswich
Ipswich
was a kontor for the Hanseatic League , the port being used for imports and exports to the Baltic .

In the time of Queen Mary the Ipswich Martyrs were burnt at the stake on the Cornhill for their Protestant
Protestant
beliefs. A monument commemorating this event now stands in Christchurch Park . From 1611 to 1634 Ipswich was a major centre for emigration to New England
England
. This was encouraged by the Town
Town
Lecturer, Samuel Ward . His brother Nathaniel Ward was first minister of Ipswich, Massachusetts , where a promontory was named 'Castle Hill' after the place of that name in north-west Ipswich, UK. Ipswich
Ipswich
was also one of the main ports of embarkation for puritans leaving other East Anglian towns and villages for the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 1630s and what has become known as the Great Migration .

The painter Thomas Gainsborough
Thomas Gainsborough
lived and worked in Ipswich. In 1835, Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
stayed in Ipswich
Ipswich
and used it as a setting for scenes in his novel The Pickwick Papers . The hotel where he resided first opened in 1518; it was then known as The Tavern and later became known as the Great White Horse Hotel. Dickens made the hotel famous in chapter XXII of The Pickwick Papers, vividly describing the hotel's meandering corridors and stairs. The building now houses branches of Starbucks and Cotswold Outdoor .

In 1797 Lord and Lady Nelson moved to Ipswich, and in 1800 Lord Nelson was appointed High Steward of Ipswich.

19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES

In 1824 Dr George Birkbeck
George Birkbeck
, with support from several local businessmen, founded one of the first Mechanics\' Institutes which survives to this day as the independent Ipswich
Ipswich
Institute reading room and library. The building, at 15 Tavern Street, has been the site of the library since 1836.

In the mid-19th century coprolite (fossilised animal dung) was discovered; the material was mined and then dissolved in acid , the resulting mixture forming the basis of Fisons fertiliser business.

The first unit of the Queensland Volunteer Rifle Brigade was formed in March 1860 by one of Ipswich's pioneers, Edred Heady Blunt. An Imperial commissioned soldier by the name of Donald Bethune, instructed the volunteers who were the country's sole defence force at this time.

The Tolly Cobbold brewery, built in the 18th century and rebuilt in 1894–1896, is one of the finest Victorian breweries in the UK. There was a Cobbold brewery in the town from 1746 until 2002 when Ridley\'s Breweries took Tolly Cobbold over. Felix Thornley Cobbold presented Christchurch Mansion to the town in 1896. Smaller breweries include St Jude's Brewery, situated in an 18th-century coach-house near the town centre.

Ipswich
Ipswich
was subject to bombing by German Zeppelins during World War I but the greatest damage by far occurred during the German bombing raids of World War II
World War II
. The area in and around the docks were especially devastated. Eighty civilians died by enemy action in the Ipswich
Ipswich
county borough area during the latter war. The last bombs to fall on Ipswich
Ipswich
landed on Seymour Road at 2 a.m. on 2 March 1945, killing 9 people and destroying 6 houses. Former stables, reflected in the glass panels of the Willis Building

The Willis Building is a glass-clad building owned by Willis . Designed by Norman Foster , the building dates from 1974, when it was known as the Willis Faber "> have considered it incompatible with Ipswich's existing socio-economic mix. Ipswich
Ipswich
market day

On 13 March 2007 Ipswich
Ipswich
was awarded the cleanest town award.

Ipswich
Ipswich
remains a 'town' despite a few attempts at winning 'city' status. It does not have a cathedral, so the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Ipswich
is based at Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds
, the former county town of West Suffolk
Suffolk
.

DISTRICTS

Aerial view of Ipswich
Ipswich
in 2008

The Ipswich
Ipswich
docks area ("the waterfront") is now devoted primarily to leisure use and includes extensive recent development of residential apartment blocks and a university campus. Businesses operated from the dock include luxury boats and a timber merchant. Other industries have been established to the south of the wet dock.

The Ipswich Village Development , begun in 2002 around Russell Road, is home to Suffolk
Suffolk
County Council
County Council
and Ipswich
Ipswich
Borough Council .

Holywells is the area around Holywells Park , a 67-acre (27 ha) public park situated near the docks, and the subject of a painting by Thomas Gainsborough
Thomas Gainsborough
. Alexandra Park is the nearest park to the waterfont's northern quay, and situated on Back Hamlet, adjacent to University of Suffolk
Suffolk
.

Chantry is a housing estate and park to the town's south-west.

Districts outside the town centre include Bixley Farm , Broke Hall , California , Castle Hill , The Dales, Gainsborough , Greenwich, Kesgrave (which is actually a separate town situated in Suffolk Coastal District), Maidenhall , Pinewood , Priory Heath , Racecourse , Ravenswood (built on a former airfield), Rose Hill , Rushmere , Springvale , St Margarets , Stoke , Warren Heath , Westbourne , Whitehouse and Whitton .

To the east of the town is Trinity Park near Bucklesham the home of the annual Suffolk
Suffolk
Show , a typical county show . The 'Trinity' is the name given to the three animals native to the county of Suffolk, namely Red Poll cattle, the powerful Suffolk
Suffolk
Punch horse and the black faced Suffolk
Suffolk
sheep.

CULTURE

Ed Sheeran playing at Ipswich
Ipswich
Arts Festival 2010

Ipswich
Ipswich
is home to many artists and has a number of galleries, the most prominent of which are at Christchurch Mansion , the Town
Town
Hall, in Ancient House and the Artists' Gallery in Electric House. The visual arts are further supported with many sculptures at easily accessible sites. The Borough Council promotes the creation of new public works of art and has been known to make this a condition of planning permission. The town has three museums - Ipswich Museum , the Ipswich Transport Museum , and Christchurch Mansion.

The New Wolsey Theatre is a 400-seat theatre situated on Civic Drive. Although the Wolsey Theatre was built in 1979, The New Wolsey Company took on the management and running of the Wolsey Theatre in 2000, opening its first production in February 2001.

DanceEast , which has the primary aim of advocating innovation and development of dance in the East of England is now resident in their new premises as part of the waterfront development . They are building new premises as part of the waterfront development. These are the first custom built dance facilities in the East of England at a cost of around £8 million.

Eastern Angles Theatre Company is based at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich, named after the famous actor who lived in Felixstowe as a child. In 2012 it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The group engages in rural tours and seasonal performances.

The Ipswich
Ipswich
Arts Festival , known as 'Ip-art' has been the town's annual summer arts festival since 2003 and seen a developing and varied programme of events from visual arts, performing arts, literature, film and music, notably a free music day in Christchurch Park .

The Ipswich Jazz Festival is a jazz music and arts festival started in 2015 in partnership with the Ipswich
Ipswich
Arts Festival and mixes established jazz talent, rising stars and regional players. It also features art and photography exhibitions, film screenings and workshops held in venues across the town.

Key Arts is an artist-run space using the redundant St Mary at the Quay Church on the waterfront. They hold a comprehensive programme of events and residencies during the year and have been running since 2006.

Norwich
Norwich
remains the regional centre for TV broadcasting, but both BBC East and Anglia TV have presenters and offices in Ipswich. The town has five local radio stations, BBC Radio Suffolk
Suffolk
covering the entire county, where the East Anglian Accent can be heard on its many phone-ins, the commercial station Heart East Anglia which was founded in 1975 as Radio Orwell covering the A14 corridor in Suffolk, and Town 102 which was founded in 2006 and is the first full-time commercial station specific for Ipswich. The younger audience is catered for with Suffolk-based Kiss 105-108 . Ipswich Community Radio was launched in 2007.

The town's daily newspaper is the Ipswich Star a sister title to the county's daily newspaper the East Anglian Daily Times .

BUILDINGS

Main page: Category: Buildings and structures in Ipswich
Ipswich
Main article: List of tallest buildings and structures in Ipswich Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters in Ipswich, was one of Norman Foster\'s earliest commissions. Ipswich
Ipswich
Town
Town
Hall Endeavour House home of Suffolk
Suffolk
County Council
County Council
is a modern addition to the town

In addition to the Christchurch Mansion and Ancient House, Ipswich
Ipswich
in the 21st century has some important cultural buildings including the New Wolsey Theatre and the Regent Theatre – the largest theatre venue in East Anglia where, in the 1960s, the Beatles performed when it was still known as the Gaumont.

There are several medieval Ipswich
Ipswich
churches but the grandest is St Mary le Tower , rebuilt by the Victorians. Holy Trinity Church by Ipswich
Ipswich
Waterfront is one of the few churches in the country which was built during the reign of William IV and whilst the outside looks plain, the interior is quite spectacular. The world's oldest circle of church bells is housed in St Lawrence Church .

The former East Suffolk
Suffolk
County Hall is in the centre of Ipswich. It is listed as a building at risk by the Victorian Society . The Town Hall remains in use as an arts centre and events venue; it dates from 1866 (architects: Bellamy "> Ipswich
Ipswich
Borough Council offices at Grafton House , on Russell Road (Ipswich) Main article: Ipswich local elections

Ipswich
Ipswich
is governed locally by a two-tier council system. Ipswich Borough Council fulfils district council functions such as refuse collection, housing and planning and Suffolk
Suffolk
County Council
County Council
provides the county council services such as transport, education and social services.

The town is covered by two parliamentary constituencies: Ipswich
Ipswich
, which covers about 75% and, as of June 2017 , is represented by Labour MP Sandy Martin , and Central Suffolk
Suffolk
Ipswich
Ipswich
had constituted a county borough from 1889 to 1974, independent of the administrative county of East Suffolk
Suffolk
, and this status was not restored by the Banham/Cooksey Commission in the 1990s. Ipswich, Norwich
Norwich
, Exeter
Exeter
and Oxford
Oxford
united to campaign for unitary authority status for the four towns, hoping to use the window of opportunity presented by the October 2006 Local Government White Paper . In March 2007, it was announced that Ipswich
Ipswich
was one of 16 shortlisted councils and on 25 July 2007, the secretary of state announced that she was minded to implement the unitary proposal for Ipswich, but that there were 'a number of risks relating to the financial case set out in the proposal', on which she invited Ipswich
Ipswich
to undertake further work before a final decision was taken. Early in December plans were thrown into doubt as the government announced that it had 'delayed' the unitary bids for Ipswich
Ipswich
and Exeter. In July 2008 the Boundary Committee announced its preferred option was for a unitary authority covering Ipswich
Ipswich
and the south eastern corner of Suffolk, including Felixstowe .

INDUSTRY

Four Fairline Yachts outside Fairline's Ipswich
Ipswich
testing facility

Being the county town of agricultural Suffolk, industry around Ipswich
Ipswich
has had a strong farming bias with Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies Ltd , one of the most famous agricultural manufacturers, located in the town. It is notable that the world's first commercial motorised lawnmower was built by Ransomes in 1902. Ransomes it was closed in 2001 as part of a rationalisation by British Sugar . This agricultural link is preserved in the local football club 's nickname "The Tractor Boys".

The British Telecom Research Laboratories were located to the east of the town in 1975 at Martlesham Heath ; it is now a science park called Adastral Park . The area was originally RAF Martlesham Heath , a World War II airfield. Part of the old airfield is now the site of Suffolk Constabulary 's police headquarters.

A key employment sector is insurance, both wholesale and retail sectors. Some of the major players with a key presence in Ipswich include Axa , Churchill , Legal it is also on the Great Eastern main line from London
London
to Norwich
Norwich
, the East Suffolk
Suffolk
line to Lowestoft
Lowestoft
and the Felixstowe branch line . There are two railway stations, Ipswich and Derby Road . It is an hour from Stansted airport
Stansted airport
, 40 minutes from Harwich international port and is also on Sustrans 's National Cycle Route 1 and National Cycle Route 51 . The port of Felixstowe is a major container port 12 miles (19 km) to the east.

The town's railway engine shed opened in 1846 and closed in 1968. Ipswich
Ipswich
is still a signing-on point for loco crews and a stabling point .

Bus services in Ipswich
Ipswich
are operated by Ipswich Buses , First Norfolk "> The site was redeveloped for housing as the Ravenswood estate.

SPORT

Portman Road , home ground of Ipswich
Ipswich
Town
Town

Ipswich's sole professional association football club is Ipswich
Ipswich
Town , which was established in 1878 and, as of 2015 , plays in the second-tier Football League Championship
Football League Championship
at the 30,300-capacity Portman Road stadium . They were elected to the Football League in 1938. They have a strong rivalry with Norwich
Norwich
City , and have been the previous clubs of the two most successful England
England
managers, Alf Ramsey , who was buried in the Old Cemetery in the town on his death in 1999, and Bobby Robson
Bobby Robson
. Ipswich
Ipswich
won the League Championship in 1961–62 in their first season as a top division club during Ramsey's reign, as well as the 1978 FA Cup and the 1981 UEFA Cup under Robson. The club are also undefeated at home in all European competitions having drawn six and won the other 25. The club has also fielded many world-famous players over the years, including Paul Mariner , Mick Mills , John Wark , Frans Thijssen , Arnold Mühren , Terry Butcher and Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich
Ipswich
is also home to several non-league football clubs, including Ipswich
Ipswich
Wanderers and Whitton United in the Eastern Counties League , and Achilles , Crane Sports , and Ransomes Sports among others in the Suffolk
Suffolk
">

EDUCATION

SCHOOLS

Main article: List of schools in Suffolk
Suffolk

State-funded secondary schools include comprehensive schools such as Copleston and Northgate High Schools and academies such as Ipswich Academy and Chantry Academy . Ipswich
Ipswich
is also home to several independent schools, including Royal Hospital School , Ipswich
Ipswich
School (both are co-educational and members of the Headmasters\' and Headmistresses\' Conference ), Ipswich
Ipswich
High School (girls-only) and St Joseph\'s College
College
(Catholic, co-educational).

FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Suffolk
Suffolk
New College
College
is a further education college located in Ipswich, serving students from the town and wider area. There is also a sixth form college , One , which serves students from the same area.

Ipswich
Ipswich
is the location of the University of Suffolk
Suffolk
, Suffolk
Suffolk
's first Higher Education Institution (HEI), established in 2007. It was originally a collaborative venture involving the University of Essex in Colchester , the University of East Anglia in Norwich
Norwich
, various further-education colleges and Suffolk
Suffolk
County Council. However, the university was granted its own Degree Awarding Powers in November 2015, and in May 2016 it was awarded university status. The university was renamed to the University of Suffolk
Suffolk
in August 2016, prior to its former name University Campus Suffolk.

CLIMATE

Ipswich
Ipswich
experiences an oceanic climate , like the rest of the British Isles, with a narrow range of temperature and rainfall spread evenly throughout the year. One of the two nearest for which data is available is East Bergholt, about 7 miles (11 km) south west of the town centre and at a similar elevation, and similar river valley/estuary situation. The average July maximum of 23.2c(73.7f) is the third highest for a major settlement in the country, behind London and Colchester, illustrating the relative warmth of the area during the summer part of the year.The record maximum is 35.2c(95.4f), set during August 2003. Typically 24.9 days of the year will record a maximum temperature of 25.1c (77.2f) or above, and the warmest day of the year should reach 30.0c(86.0f), on average.

The absolute minimum is -16.1c(3.0f), set in January 1963, although frosts have been recorded in all months except July, August and September. In an average year, 55.33 nights will report an air frost. The lowest temperature to be recorded in recent years was −14.5 °C (5.9 °F) during December 2010.

As with much of East Anglia, rainfall is low, averaging 569.3mm in a typical year, with 103.8 days of the year reporting over 1mm of rain. All averages refer to the period 1971–2000.

The weather station at Levington is even closer than East Bergholt at 9.4 kilometres (5.8 mi) from the town centre further down the river estuary on the way to Felixstowe . It has a slightly more marine climate than East Bergholt, with slightly lower highs and milder lows throughout the year in the 1981-2010 average period. It is slightly less prone to frosts, averaging 35.5 such occurrences in a calendar year. Sunshine levels at 1707.7 hours per annum are relatively high for the British Isles, but not abnormal for southern parts of England.

CLIMATE DATA FOR EAST BERGHOLT, ELEVATION 7M, 1971–2000, EXTREMES 1960-

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 15.9 (60.6) 18.1 (64.6) 23.1 (73.6) 25.6 (78.1) 28.9 (84) 33.5 (92.3) 35.0 (95) 35.2 (95.4) 31.5 (88.7) 29.0 (84.2) 20.6 (69.1) 15.9 (60.6) 35.2 (95.4)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 7.3 (45.1) 7.5 (45.5) 10.4 (50.7) 13.5 (56.3) 17.5 (63.5) 21.2 (70.2) 23.2 (73.8) 23.0 (73.4) 20.1 (68.2) 14.9 (58.8) 10.3 (50.5) 7.9 (46.2) 14.7 (58.5)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 0.9 (33.6) 0.8 (33.4) 2.3 (36.1) 3.5 (38.3) 6.2 (43.2) 10.0 (50) 12.3 (54.1) 12.2 (54) 9.8 (49.6) 6.6 (43.9) 3.1 (37.6) 1.6 (34.9) 5.8 (42.4)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −16.1 (3) −13.9 (7) −11.1 (12) −5.8 (21.6) −4 (25) −1.1 (30) 2.3 (36.1) 2.2 (36) 0.0 (32) −5.5 (22.1) −8.4 (16.9) −14.5 (5.9) −16.1 (3)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 52.14 (2.0528) 34.07 (1.3413) 41.63 (1.639) 42.06 (1.6559) 41.80 (1.6457) 51.86 (2.0417) 35.50 (1.3976) 49.12 (1.9339) 51.31 (2.0201) 58.14 (2.289) 56.25 (2.2146) 54.52 (2.1465) 569.31 (22.4138)

Source: KNMI

CLIMATE DATA FOR LEVINGTON, ELEVATION 22 M, 9.4 KILOMETRES (5.8 MI) FROM IPSWICH, 1981-2010 AVERAGES

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 7.2 (45) 7.3 (45.1) 10.1 (50.2) 13.0 (55.4) 16.4 (61.5) 19.5 (67.1) 22.3 (72.1) 22.4 (72.3) 19.1 (66.4) 14.9 (58.8) 10.5 (50.9) 7.6 (45.7) 14.2 (57.6)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 2.1 (35.8) 1.8 (35.2) 3.3 (37.9) 4.6 (40.3) 7.7 (45.9) 10.5 (50.9) 13.0 (55.4) 12.9 (55.2) 11.1 (52) 8.3 (46.9) 4.8 (40.6) 2.5 (36.5) 6.9 (44.4)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 47.7 (1.878) 38.7 (1.524) 40.0 (1.575) 38.9 (1.531) 39.7 (1.563) 49.1 (1.933) 45.2 (1.78) 46.5 (1.831) 49.5 (1.949) 61.7 (2.429) 52.7 (2.075) 50.9 (2.004) 560.5 (22.067)

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 66.6 85.3 117.4 176.1 217.2 208.4 224.0 206.6 153.0 121.0 75.1 57.0 1,707.7

Source: Met Office

2006 SERIAL MURDERS

Main article: Ipswich serial murders

A serial killer or spree killer responsible for the murders of five women in Ipswich
Ipswich
gained notoriety in late 2006, as the Ipswich Murderer . The five women were identified as prostitutes ; their bodies were found in December 2006. Suffolk
Suffolk
Constabulary formally linked the murders in their investigation.

Steven Gerald James Wright , who had previously worked at the Port of Felixstowe, was arrested at his house in Ipswich
Ipswich
on 19 December. On 21 December, Wright was formally charged with the murders of Gemma Adams, 25; Anneli Alderton, 24, Tania Nicol, 19; Paula Clennell, 24 and Annette Nicholls, 29. He appeared in Ipswich
Ipswich
Magistrates\' Court on 22 December 2006 and was remanded in custody until 2 January 2007 to appear in Ipswich Crown Court where he was remanded in custody for a second court appearance, held on 1 May 2007. At that hearing he pleaded not guilty to all five murders. His trial began in Ipswich
Ipswich
on 14 January 2008. The jury returned a guilty verdict on 21 February, and the next day, Wright was sentenced to life imprisonment by Mr Justice Gross, who recommended that he should never be released from prison , on the basis that the murders resulted from a "substantial degree of premeditation and planning".

A three-episode dramatised television series, Five Daughters , based on the serial murders of the five women, was screened on BBC1. Alecky Blythe wrote the musical London
London
Road, based on interviews with residents of the Ipswich
Ipswich
street where murderer Steve Wright lived, and where he was thought to have murdered several of the victims. It has been performed several times at The National Theatre .

FAMOUS RESIDENTS

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Main category: People from Ipswich
Ipswich
Statue of Sir Alf Ramsey at Ipswich
Ipswich
Town
Town
Football Club

Probably the most famous person born in the town is the Tudor Cardinal Thomas Wolsey . The artist Thomas Gainsborough
Thomas Gainsborough
and the cartoonist "Giles" worked here, Horatio, Lord Nelson , became Steward of Ipswich, and Margaret Catchpole began her adventurous career here. Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson
Bobby Robson
were both successful managers of Ipswich Town
Town
. Ipswich
Ipswich
was the birthplace in 1741 of Sarah Trimmer , née Kirby, writer and critic of children's literature and among the first to introduce pictorial material and animals and the natural world into it. Actor and director Richard Ayoade , best known for his role as Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd , was brought up in Ipswich.

TWIN TOWNS

Ipswich
Ipswich
is twinned with Arras
Arras
, France

SEE ALSO

* List of tallest buildings and structures in Ipswich

REFERENCES

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