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Situated at the head of the Orwell estuary, IPSWICH was a rich trading port in the Middle Ages, but its appearance today is mainly the result of a revival of fortunes in the Victorian era - give or take some clumsy post-war development. The two surviving reminders of old Ipswich - Christchurch Mansion and the splendid Ancient House - plus the recently renovated quayside are all reason enough to spend at least an afternoon here. Ipswich also boasts a wealth of medieval flint churches, some now locked and slowly rusting away, but others sympathetically restored.