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Our Archive

Take a step back in time through our treasured archive

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


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.


John Girling mortgage web     

Passbook – 1893

A page from an original 1893 passbook relating to Mr John Girling, who borrowed £30 and paid back five shillings every fortnight


   John Girling Passbook 1893

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.


 Map web

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.


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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.


Ballot Paper

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.