A new community information panel, sponsored by Abbey New Homes with
information by GeoSuffolk (www.geosuffolk.co.uk ) is in place on the
SSSI by Wordsell Close, just south of Stoke railway tunnel.
When the tunnel approach was dug in the 1840s no one expected to find
elephants! These and many other 210,000 year-old fossils are celebrated
on this board. They represent a warm phase in the 'ice age' when the
area was a shallow river or lake. Many animals came to drink at 'Lake
Ipswich', including lions, rhinoceros, wild horses, oxen, mammoths,
bears and tortoise. Their fossil remains, now in Ipswich Museum, bear
witness to this interglacial when the climate was perhaps slightly
warmer than at present.
The SSSI, a triangular area between the new housing development,
the railway line and the tunnel approach is protected for future
generations and for research. The panel explains the science behind
this for the benefit of those who live in the new homes and for the
people of Ipswich.
BOB & CAROLINE MARKHAM
Cover, issue 180