Days Gone By: Pictures from eras gone by as Ipswich Town Hall turned 150
The events in January 1868 started on a Monday evening (January 27) with the mayor, John Patterson Cobbold, inviting around 600 “principal citizens” to a “Conversazione”.
There was a ball on the Tuesday evening and a formal opening on Wednesday morning at a council meeting.
The previous Town Hall, on the same site, was demolished and the foundation stone for the current town hall was laid April 18, 1866.
The building was designed by Lincoln architect, Pearson Bellamy, and constructed by Ipswich builder Edward Gibbons for £11,749.
By the 1960s the building was too small for the magistrates’ courts, police station and council offices it housed.
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By the early 1970s the civic centre, magistrates’ courts and a new police station had relocated around the civic drive area.
Members of the royal family, including the Queen, have been visitors over the decades.
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The Town Hall is a focal point for major events in the town, such as civic receptions for local achievers.
In this week’s Days Gone By I feature a few of the special occasions that have taken place at the Ipswich Town Hall.
Do you have memories of the Town Hall? To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an e-mail.