Monument record IPS 190 - Site of Chapel of our Lady of Grace, Corner of St Matthews Street and Lady Lane, (IAS 1602).

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Site of our Lady of Grace Chapel, destroyed by Thos Cromwell.


Grid reference Centred TM 1597 4475 (55m by 48m)
Map sheet TM14SE


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Site of our Lady of Grace Chapel, destroyed by Thos Cromwell. Situated on corner of St Matthews Street and Lady Lane. At time of destruction in 1538, a miracle working statue is reputed to have been taken to London and burnt (S1), (It is now suggested it may be at Nettuno Maritimo, Italy).

1956: Five skeletons found on NW side of chapel site.

1968: Stone water spout in form of lion's head, probably Ancaster limestone, found during building operations on chapel site. Numerous human bones found at TM 1595 4476 which appear to have been reburied (In 17th-18th Centuries?)(S2, S3).

Demolition of Smith's Albion House. Site of Chapel of Our Lady of Grace, destroyed by Cromwell. Numerous human bones (assumed) associated with the chapel found in adjacent demolition. (S7)

See also (S4, S6).

[letter, number] refers to mentions in the Suffolk Council Archaeological Service Ipswich Documentary Card index, (S8)
Chapel of lady of Grace mentioned, 1458

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <S1> Article in serial: Haslewood, F.. 1898. Our Lady of Ipswich. PSIA, 10, 1898, (1), 53-55.
  • <S2> Article in serial: Owles, E. J. and N. Smedley. 1968. Archaeology in Suffolk, 1968. PSIAH, 1968, XXXI.2, pp. 188–201.. PSIAH, 1968, XXXI.2, pp. 188–201..
  • <S3> Source Unchecked: Anderson S. 1968. Anderson Dr, Inst of Geol Science, 23 May 1968. Anderson Dr, Inst of Geol Science, 23 May 1968.
  • <S4> Source Unchecked: Wodderspoon. 1850?. Memorials of Ipswich,. Wodderspoon, Memorials of Ipswich, 331.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Clarke, G, R.. 1830. History of Ipswich.
  • <S6> Index: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. 1968-18, L.968-25.
  • <S6> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. 1974. Ipswich Archaeological Survey Card Index (digital version).. IAS 1602.
  • <S7> Index: Suffolk Archaeology Unit. 1974. SAU index card and Archive. IAS 1602.
  • <S8> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Ipswich Documentary Card index.
  • <S9> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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May 19 2021 3:13PM

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