A new town trail has just been launched, which celebrates the contribution of women to Ipswich life over the centuries.
The Ipswich Women’s History Trail takes people on a walk around central Ipswich, looking at where the most influential women of the town lived and worked. The trail booklet gives brief details of the lives of over 20 women, and of what makes them worth remembering – from the three women martyrs who were burned at the stake in the sixteenth century right through to twentieth-century high achievers. Artists, politicians, benefactors, writers – virtually every area of cultural life is included.
Some women will already be familiar – Edith Cook, for example, the aviator, or writer Jean Ingelow. Others are less well-known: the embroiderer Judith Hayle or World War One taxi driver Olive Turney.
The trail has been compiled, with the help and support of Ipswich Borough Council, by Ipswich Women’s Festival Group. The Group identifies and celebrates the town’s inspirational women. Group member Joy Bounds said, “Many women have contributed to the dynamic development of Ipswich, but their achievements are not always recognised in history books. This walk provides an enjoyable way to learn a bit about these women, and perhaps draw inspiration from them.”
Carole Jones, Portfolio Holder – Tourism, for Ipswich Borough Council says, “This is a wonderful booklet, full of fascinating stories about Ipswich women from the sixteenth century onward. The Council is grateful to the Ipswich Women’s Festival Group for coming up with such a great idea, and we’re delighted that residents and visitors will be able to buy the booklet and walk the Trail.”
The walk can be done in either one or two parts – one to the north of the town centre, including Christchurch Park, and one to the south including the Waterfront. The booklet costs 75p and is available from the Tourist Information Centre and other outlets in and around Ipswich.