Leading businesses and business groups have backed a commitment to help improve social mobility for young people in the Government’s 12 Opportunity Areas including Ipswich, and Norwich.
Our extensive archive features estate plans, ballots, minute books, passbooks, mortgage deeds and much more, dating back to our founding in 1849. The majority relates to Ipswich but also land in Felixstowe, Walton, Beccles, Hadleigh, Diss, Stowmarket, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Framlingham and Lowestoft.
In addition, whilst 95% of documents relate to Suffolk, there are references to places as far afield as Barbados. The collection also contains local deeds back to the 17th century.
The majority of our archive material was transferred on permanent loan to Suffolk Record Office, to make it more accessible to the public. Each of our documents comes with a unique reference number that you can use to find the original document at the Record Office - this can be found beneath each description in bold.
For more information, or if you would like particular estates or documents to be featured in this section, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mortgage Document – 1893
The mortgage document for Mr John Girling, who won the right to buy a property in a ballot.
Mr John Girling saved with the Society for a number of years, and whilst renting a property in New Cardinal Street he also took out a loan to purchase land on the St Clements Estate in Ipswich. Our records show that the land was sold on again 4 years later.
Passbook – 1893
A page from an original 1893 passbook relating to Mr John Girling, who borrowed £30 and paid back five shillings every fortnight
Map of Ipswich 1899 included in publication to celebrate 50th anniversary of Society
This map shows in red the land developed in Ipswich by the Freehold Land Society up to 1899. After this came developments in Ipswich including Broomhill Road, Coronation Road, Devonshire Road & Back Hamlet, Kensington Road, Stoke Hall Road, Bramford Lane, Nacton Road, Leopold Road and Shafto Road.
Estate Plan and Front Elevations – 1903
This estate plan for Brooks Hall Estate and Schreiber Road Estate also shows front elevation drawings for houses in Schreiber Road, Gatacre Road and Henslow Road.
Ballot Notice – 1886
Ballot paper for six houses and land on Felixstowe Road Estate No 2, plot of land on Dover Road and Foxhall Road Estate No 2.
About UsCorporate Social Responsibility
We've developed bespoke programmes for Year 2 (Money Days), Year 10 (Money Metrics) and Prison groups (Money Management).
Our sessions, delivered by our trained staff, teach financial literacy through real life scenarios, including some fun and games for the young ones, and in schools they meet the needs of the National Curriculum.
Since 2007 we've spent over 2,500 hours in the classroom, and extended our primary school programme with our app: My Puppy: Maths & Money. It's available on Android and Apple device, completely free to download and never asks for any payment.
We want to help people in Suffolk, and beyond, to have a roof over their head.
From providing affordable and accessible home loans, through to our individual underwriting, we’ll help first time buyers onto the housing ladder and support homebuyers.
We know having somewhere to call home extends further than this, and recognise the need for a sustainable housing market with suitable short term and emergency accommodation.
We're working with local organisations to raise awareness of their services and helping them to address the housing needs within our county.
We look after the organisations which in turn care for the local communities in which we operate.
At grass roots level we are part of Suffolk Community Foundation's Suffolk Fund.
We also operate a Sponsorship Committee, meeting quarterly to distribute smaller grants. View the policy here and download the application form.
However, we believe what we offer can go above and beyond a one off donation. We're keen to utilise our branch network and our staff to provide help-in-kind services. Some of the ways we could help include:
- volunteering for staff, or even member volunteering events
- promotion and leaflets in branches
- supporting events by bringing along Pound the Hound and / or some of our community games
We're always happy to discuss what may be possible. Simply get in touch.
About UsWork with us
Peer group back slapping aside, industry accolades are a useful way of benchmarking your performance.
Each programme is a way of gaining a perspective on the standards of the day and an opportunity to see how your policies and your performance measure up.
Listed below are some recent successes.
We hold Silver status as Investors in People – the government sponsored measure of training and development.
2014 What Mortgage Magazine Awards
Highly Commended for ‘Best Regional Building Society’
1 Star Best Companies
The most rigorous assessment of employee engagement, which looks at culture, team-working, giving back, leadership, and wellbeing.
2015 Business in the Community National Awards
Responsible Business Awards 2015 - Certificate of Reaccreditation - in recognition of continued positive impact. The Santander ‘Responsible Small Business of the Year’
About UsGrowing Closer
We’re a safe place to grow your future; new homes, and nest eggs welcome.
For over 165 years we’ve been helping members like you reach their full potential, supporting dreams and realising wishes – no matter how large or small.
You’ll receive a fair deal with us, with clear information in a timely manner that is easy to understand.
And, as a member of our mutual model, you get a slice of the pie. You’re part of All In – a special club for people like you. All In is all about ownership; feedback; volunteering and special events. To us, it makes sense. And we think it does to you too.
Because we’re local, we’re closer to our members and our communities, supporting them to grow.
Our roots are firmly in Suffolk, supporting the foundations of our branch towns and neighbours.
We’ll get involved with volunteering, education, fundraising, grass roots funding and help in kind.
It’s all because we want to improve the areas we serve, and where our members and staff live and work. Because if the local community is flourishing, we grow too.
We look after our employees, so they can look after you even better.
We know our members love dealing with real people, with the knowledge and experience to deal with every situation, and our people love speaking to members too.
We invest in our employees in many ways. Some of this is by providing training and development, encouraging volunteering and involvement in our financial education programmes, and supporting their health and wellbeing.
We know that our service is only as good as the smiles on their faces.
Ipswich Building Society Head Office: PO Box 547, Ipswich, IP3 9WZ. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered on the Financial Services Register, Firm Registration Number (FRN) 104875.
Ipswich Building Society is a member of the Financial Ombudsman Service and The Building Societies Association. Ipswich Building Society participates in the Financial Services Compensation Scheme details of which can be found here. Ipswich Building Society complies with the Retail Banking Conduct of Business which sets standards of good practice for building societies and banks. Ipswich Building Society records some telephone calls for quality and training purposes.
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