Ipswich is governed locally by a two-tier council system. Ipswich Borough Council fulfils district council functions such as refuse collection, housing and planning and Suffolk County Council provides the County Council services such as transport, education and social services.

The modern name is derived from the medieval name Gippeswic, probably taken either from an Old Saxon personal name or from an earlier name of the Orwell estuary (although unrelated to the name of the River Gipping).[4] It has also been known as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche.[1]

Tony Martin enjoyed many ‘manoeuvres’ and journeys of discovery while in the Army with Fred his trusty Austin Seven.

After the invasion of 869 Ipswich fell under Viking rule. The earth ramparts circling the town centre were probably raised by Vikings in Ipswich around 900 to prevent its recapture by the English.[14][15] They were unsuccessful. The town operated a mint under royal licence from King Edgar in the 970s, which continued through the Norman Conquest until the time of King John, in about 1215.[16] The abbreviation 'Gipes' appears on the coins.

On the north-west side of Ipswich lies Broomhill Pool, a Grade II listed Olympic-sized lido which opened in 1938 and closed in 2002, since which time a campaign to see it restored and re-opened has been run by the Broomhill Pool Trust. On the southern side of Ipswich is historic Belstead Lodge, now the Belstead Brook Hotel.

Ipswich remains a 'town' despite a few attempts at winning 'city' status.[34] It does not have a cathedral, so the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is based at Bury St Edmunds, the former county town of West Suffolk.

Key Arts is an artist-run space using the redundant St Mary at the Quay Church on the waterfront. They hold a comprehensive programme of events and residencies during the year and have been running since 2006.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer received a rapid, and somewhat unexpected, promotion last week to the very heart of the government machine in Whitehall, writes Paul Geater.

A Suffolk MP has arranged a summit to be held next month on the county’s broadband internet speeds in recognition of the “frustrations and inconvenience” still faced by those with slower connections.

When is the best time for children to start learning money management skills? asks Sheena Grant.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admitted today’s goalless home draw with Aston Villa was a ‘fair result’, even though his team had two shots cleared off the line and another hit the post during a frantic finish.

The boss of the company behind a £2m hotel refubishment project in Ipswich says he believes other operators within the sector will also invest in the “up-and-coming” town in the next few years.

Chantry is a housing estate and park to the town's south-west.

Felixstowe & Walton United face a side 55 places above them in the non-league pyramid when they host National League (South) Bishop’s Stortford in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup at the Goldstar Ground today.

Businesses around East Anglia could be missing out on support worth thousands of pounds, with new figures showing the region may be falling behind when it comes to making Research and Development (R&D) tax credit claims.

Hundreds of runners crossed the Ipswich Half Marathon finish line in Christchurch Park today – rounding off what became a record-breaking race.

IPSWICH: A dope-smoking burglar with a gambling habit is back in jail today after adding to his shameful criminal record.

Six weeks into the new season and Colchester United keeper, Sam Walker, believes that the U’s are already proving a few people wrong.

During the 14th to 17th centuries Ipswich was a kontor for the Hanseatic League, the port being used for imports and exports to the Baltic.

I have a naked patch round the back, writes Lynne Mortimer.

How Ryan Fraser used coffee and Maisie the dog to help him settle in after moving 600 miles away from his Aberdeen home.

The speedway team, the Ipswich Witches, have ridden at Foxhall Stadium on the outskirts of Ipswich since 1951[52] and have won the top-tier league title four times, the knock-out cup five times and the second-tier knock-out cup twice.[53] The stadium is also used regularly for hot-rod and stock car racing.

DanceEast, which has the primary aim of advocating innovation and development of dance in the East of England is now resident in their new premises as part of the waterfront development .[36] They are building new premises as part of the waterfront development. These are the first custom built dance facilities in the East of England at a cost of around £8 million.

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The Labour leadership election is looking more and more like something you could imagine turning up in a Tom Sharpe farce as the two candidates try to out-do each other by insisting they are more and more left-wing.

A car caught fire in Wherstead Road yesterday morning causing delays for drivers.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy would love to add Aston Villa to his collection of prize scalps in what he considers the uneven playing field of the Championship.

During the Middle Ages the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Grace was a famous pilgrimage destination, and attracted many pilgrims including Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon.[21][22] At the Reformation the statue was taken away to London to be burned, though some claim that it survived and is preserved at Nettuno, Italy.[23]

Ipswich Wanderers boss Shane Wardley is relishing his first steps as a manager, ahead of his side’s Thurlow Nunn Premier game at home to Fakenham today.

Ipswich Town came mighty close to snatching victory against newly-relegated Aston Villa in a frantic finish, but a nil-nil scoreline was a fair reflection of a scrappy match short on goalscoring chances at either end.

More than 100 people flocked to Felixstowe to sing sea shanties, hunt for treasure and talk like a pirate as part of Landguard Fort’s Pirate Weekend.

The British Telecom Research Laboratories were located to the east of the town in 1975 at Martlesham Heath. They are now a science park called Adastral Park. The area was originally RAF Martlesham Heath – a World War II airfield. Part of the old airfield is now the site of Suffolk Constabulary's headquarters.

Ipswich formerly had a municipal airport to the south-east of the town, which was opened in 1929 by the Ipswich Corporation. The airport was controversially closed in 1996 by Ipswich Borough Council.[citation needed] The site was redeveloped for housing as the Ravenswood estate.[48]

Ipswich Town centre-back Tommy Smith requires back surgery and is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.

Modern buildings include Endeavour House (headquarters of Suffolk County Council and formerly home of the TXU Corporation, Grafton House (home of Ipswich Borough Council) and Ipswich Crown Court, all located on Russell Road (Ipswich) in the area known as the Ipswich Village Development, which includes Portman Road stadium. The stadium has hosted England under-21, under-23, and international soccer matches, as well as rugby union and hockey matches.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has said club owner Marcus Evans remains "realistic" in his pursuit of Premier League football.

More than a decade after wowing a packed Portman Road, pop legend Sir Elton John is returning to Ipswich next summer we can exclusively reveal.

In September 1993 Ipswich and Arras, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France, became twin towns, and a square in the new Buttermarket development was named Arras Square to mark the relationship.[32]

On 13 March 2007 Ipswich was awarded the cleanest town award.[33]

Passengers on intercity rail services in the region can travel in more comfort as a £12million train refurbishment scheme from operator Abellio Greater Anglia has been completed.