Ipswich

Ipswich

Ipswich (/ˈɪpswɪtʃ/ ⓘ) is a port town and borough in the county of Suffolk, England. Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and is the largest settlement in the county, followed by Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds.[4][5] It is situated in East Anglia. Ipswich is the second-largest population centre in East Anglia, Norwich being the largest. It is about 80 miles (130 km) northeast of London. In 2011 it had a population of 144,957. The Ipswich built-up area is the fourth-largest in the East of England region and the 42nd-largest in England and Wales.[6] It includes the towns and villages of Kesgrave, Woodbridge, Bramford and Martlesham Heath.[7] Ipswich was first recorded during the medieval period as Gippeswic, the town has also been recorded as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche.[8] It has been continuously inhabited since the Saxon period,[8] and is believed to be one of the oldest towns in the United Kingdom.[9] The settlement was of great economic importance to the Kingdom of England throughout its history, particularly in trade,[10] with the town's historical dock, Ipswich Waterfront, known as the largest and most important dock in the Kingdom.[10][11]