Category Archives: Ipswich

Museum pieces in the library, Christchurch Mansions

Christchurch Mansions in Ipswich is a fine historical house that these days uses its beautiful rooms to display art. Traditional art, oil paintings, sculpture and a few framed textiles cover the walls in an art gallery manner. However, some of … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Objects, Ipswich | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Lady Drury and The Hawstead Panels – Part II

The Hawstead panels are a complete set of painted panels that covered the walls of a private, domestic closet, a room we would now consider a small study. The panelled closet was originally constructed for Hawstead Place near Bury St … Continue reading

Posted in Art History, Ipswich | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

February flowers in the cemetery

On Monday I had a scarf order to despatch and as it was a gorgeously, bright and sunny winter morning I decided to take a detour and walk through the cemetery to the Post Office. This is my first visit … Continue reading

Posted in Everyday Photographs, Ipswich | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Sunsets on the Waterfront

During the last two months of 2018 the weather was surprisingly benign with a number of clear winter days ending with beautiful sunsets.  The low sun and the still water down on at the Ipswich Waterfront provided a variety of … Continue reading

Posted in Ipswich, Suffolk | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Decorated Trees for the Festive Season

It’s interesting to see the civic responses to decorating public spaces at this time of year. Some Christmas trees work well for their locations. Down on Ipswich Waterfront the tree elegantly adds seasonal spirit to its setting whether it’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Everyday Photographs, Ipswich | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Clarion Call – Sound as Remembrance, Centenary Commemorations of First World War, November 2018

Sonic artwork ‘Clarion Call’ was performed as part of the Spill Festival, Ipswich 2018. This hauntingly beautiful large-scale sound work was broadcast around Ipswich Waterfront at dusk during the 11 days of the Spill Festival. Please excuse my wobbly video … Continue reading

Posted in Ipswich, Suffolk | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

A Derelict Delight – St Michael’s

According to my copy of ‘The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches – No 2 Central Suffolk‘ by D P Mortlock, St Michael’s Church in Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich, might not have an impressive exterior, but a visitor should not be … Continue reading

Posted in Ipswich, Stained Glass | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Where were the ships?

Last weekend the Ipswich Maritime Festival took place. This year’s theme was ‘Pirates’, but to my big disappointment no tall ships turned up at the Ipswich Waterfront. I had been hoping for a visiting replica brigantine, or failing that, a … Continue reading

Posted in Ipswich | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Dragon Boat Racing for Charity

Last Saturday some seriously energetic folk climbed into their boats and spent the day racing in the Fresh Start Charity Dragon Boat Challenge. Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition rowing to the rhythm of the drum and has … Continue reading

Posted in Everyday Photographs, Ipswich | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

A Little Wisteria Appropriation

Some of you may remember seeing photos from my old garden of the white Japanese wisteria that I trained over a pergola. I originally bought it as a grafted specimen and it flowered from the first year, but it really … Continue reading

Posted in Flowers, Gardens, Ipswich | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Cardinal Wolsey – A Tudor Titan

Cardinal Wolsey (1470 or 1471-1530) sadly ended his days being hounded by King Henry VIII and died in Leicester en route to London following his recall from York to be tried for treason. It hadn’t always been so as Wolsey had … Continue reading

Posted in Art History, Ipswich, Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments