One of England’s oldest towns, Ipswich, or Gippeswick as it was once called, is located on the River Orwell in the east of the country.
The River Orwell by Martin Pettitt on Flickr
Its location has always made it a significant trading post. It started with the Romans who built a strong fort to form part of the coast defences of Britain, and continued with the Anglo-Saxons who moved in to exploit the North Sea trade between Britain and Scandinavia. Many years later it was the lovely Frisian potters of the Netherlands who inhabited the area; they arrived, settled in and set up the first large-scale pottery. You can still see some of the things which these settlers left behind them when you explore the area in your Ipswich Car Hire, or you may just like to enjoy the town which was once home to writers, artists and other famous people. Lord Nelson was High Steward of Ipswich, the painter Thomas Gainsborough lived and worked here, and in 1835, Charles Dickens stayed at The Tavern whilst writing scenes for his book ‘The Pickwick Papers’. Dickens made The Tavern famous and his hotel is still standing, unfortunately, it’s not a tavern full of famous writers anymore, but home to a major coffee retailer and an outdoor shop.
Today the town is famous for its football club, Ipswich Town, which was where two of the most successful England managers of their time, Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson once worked. The club is also a record breaker, being undefeated at home in all of its European competitions, drawing in 6 matches and winning the other 25.