John Speede c.1610
was a prosperous county: as John Speede noted "most plenteous and pleasant for habitation - the extent of the counties commerce can be seen in the size and number of its ports, the greatest of which is Ipswich." Despite its richness Suffolk did not have a ready supply of good building stone and relied on timber framed and plastered houses, finished (as today) with colour washes and thatched roofs. Parish churches and other . .
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. . prestigious buildings were built from local flint, knapped and set in patterns
stone meant that the county was one of the first to use brick as a building material. Brick and flint buildings are still a feature of modern Suffolk. Lavishely illustrated, this old map of Suffolk includes a town plan of Ipswich, many coates of arms and is surely one of the most attractive from our collection of historical old maps.