Ipswich County Library

The first Ipswich Library was the second oldest public library in the country and was established in the old Grammar School around 1660.

When it opened it was described by the local press as a ‘mixture of Tudor and Gothic architectural influences.’ 

The Northgate Room is 100ft long with a vaulted ceiling and old oak bookshelves and tables. It has several coloured glass windows depicting famous historic literary figures, scientists, politicians, artists, soldiers and sailors with links to Suffolk.

There are bronze lion heads around the front of the building, which were originally joined with an elaborate chain through the rings in the lion’s mouths.


Interested in filming at Ipswich County Library?

Contact us by phone 014733 365522 or email locations@filmsuffolk.org.uk.

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