Ipswich Shire Hall Yard

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Town House, and also as a Possible Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameIpswich Shire Hall Yard
Alternative Names
Historic CountrySuffolk
Modern AuthoritySuffolk
1974 AuthoritySuffolk
Civil ParishIpswich

Area of middle, and late, Saxon and medieval defences. Scheduled. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

PastScape records this as part of the town defences, but Drage seems to imply independently fortified area within the town. Was an extra-parochial district within Ipswich. Could this be another possible site for Ipswich Castle? What was Shire Hall?

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM166442
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  • Drage, C., 1987, 'Urban castles' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 125 online copy
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 210


  • West, S.E., 1963, 'Excavations at Cox Lane (1958) and at the Town Defences, Shire Hall Yard, Ipswich (1959). (with reports by G.C. Dunning, R.H.M. Dolley and D. Charman)' Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Vol. 29 Part 3 p. 233-303 online copy