The History of the Quakers in Ipswich
from Robin Hawes
I am interested in most aspects of Ipswich life and history, but my
particular interest is in the history of the Quakers, the Society of
Friends, of which I am a long-standing member. I regret that I did not
get some pictures of the original Meeting House of 1700-1790, now of
course demolished, with the site being redeveloped after archaeological
investigations of the multi-layered history.
I wonder if you might post a note in the next Newsletter, asking whether
there is anyone at all interested in the Quaker history of Ipswich,
references to which have appeared with the anti-slavery campaign, and
the picture of the home of Richard Dykes Alexander in St Matthew's
Street. Many years ago I did some researches myself, but naturally I am
not in an easy position to use the record Office where all the Quaker
records are deposited. If there is anyone interested I would like to
make contact perhaps with a view to producing some kind of publication.
(Editor: Mr Hawes wrote to express interest in joining a possible
history group within The Ipswich Society, for which sadly there were
insufficient numbers to make this viable. He could be contacted on the
subject of Quaker history at 12 Wellgarth, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6
from Julia Booth
Many thanks for publishing the tribute to my father, Peter Barefoot,
written by Roger Gillis, in your recent Newsletter. It is really
gratifying to read such a thoughtful and fitting appreciation of his
work, capturing so well the spirit of his approach to design.
We are also very grateful to the Society for all the work you did to
arrange for the Blue Plaque commemorating our grandfather, Leslie
Barefoot, in The Walk. Although our father's style was very different
from his father's, he had a lot of respect for his father, and I know he
enjoyed the photo-shoot in July.
More in Sorrow than in Anger
from John Fairclough
I find it almost incredible that 'The Museum' page (page 13) of the
Ipswich tourist brochure 'visit Ipswich and District 2008' contains,
with reference to Colchester Castle, the sentence "The Castle Museum
takes you back 2,000 years to roman times when Boudicca ruled from
Colchester, the capital of Roman Britain."
I am sure most members are aware that:
- Boudica was Queen of the Iceni (even if only briefly queen regnant after the death of Prasutagus c.AD 60).
- Colchester was a Trinovantian and/or Catuvellaunian centre -- never capital of the Iceni.
- Boudica led the greatest rebellion against the Romans, which nearly drove them out of Britain in AD 62. In the process she destroyed Colchester.
- By definition 'Roman Britain' was ruled by the Roman Emperor.
If our own Borough Council cannot get the facts right, how can we expect
others to take our local history and heritage seriously? Despite the
page being headed 'Colchester & Ipswich Museums', I am assured that our
joint museum service had no sight of this material before it was
published. This is a sad commentary on how our museums are viewed
within the Borough Council.
Casting my mind back to the early 1970s
when Pat Butler held the honorable office of Curator of Museums for the
County Borough of Ipswich, I wonder what she would have said to the Town
Clerk if anything similar had happened. Those who remember her
determination to defend the interest of Ipswich Museums will know what I