Former Thomas Wolsey Special School
Ipswich, Suffolk

Site Code
IPS 664
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Site Type
Iron Age, Modern,
Report Number


An archaeological evaluation was carried out on the site of the former Thomas Wolsey Special School at 642 Old Norwich Road, Ipswich, in advance of a residential development. A total of thirteen trenches were excavated, all of which exposed a natural subsoil of yellow silty clay at depths of at least 0.5m below the present ground surface. A small pit, containing two sherds of Late Iron Age pottery, was identified in one trench.

In a second trench, the remains of three subterranean concrete structures, interpreted as Second World War air-raid shelters, were exposed. Two of these had been virtually destroyed whilst the third was near complete although the roof had been removed and the interior filled with concrete.