History of the Gipping / Ipswich to Stowmarket Navigation

With evidence that the river was navigable as far back as 860 AD, and that in 1634 the river was used to transport one of the bells of Stowmarket church. It was Canalised by John Rennie in 1793. Romans, Vikings, Gun Cotton, Fertiliser, Lawnmowers and more. Restoring the canal and towpath will help tell the story of the rivers historical past. Most of the historic old photos are on the Trusts main website,  which we are hoping to update soon. A few below.
Some history pages

Bosmere Mill and Lock

Needham Market

Gipping Barge

Barge Mersey. IMT Image Archive

Sproughton Lock


Rowing boat hire

Taken below Boss Hall, 1913

Crown Street Bridge

Needham Market 

Claydon Lock

Lost during the construction of the A14