Ipswich, covered passage
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Ipswich, covered passage

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A: The Walk Ipswich

by Carl Lamb, 10 meters away

The Walk Ipswich

B: Butter market street - ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 40 meters away

As the end of the world hasn't come, neither a dramatic change of behaviour of the humans, I took a p...

Butter market street - ipswich

C: Tavern street - Ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 40 meters away

Tavern street - Ipswich

D: Giles statue - Ipswich, Suffolk

by Carl Lamb, 60 meters away

Giles statue - Ipswich, Suffolk

E: Buttermarket street Ipswich near Giles statue

by Valentin Arfire, 60 meters away

Buttermarket street Ipswich handheld

Buttermarket street Ipswich near Giles statue

F: Church transformed to coffee shop

by Valentin Arfire, 70 meters away

St Laurence Church near the Pickwick tea-house is now a posh coffee shop

Church transformed to coffee shop

G: Tavern Street in January

by Valentin Arfire, 70 meters away

The hurried people run in a springlike day by the end of January

Tavern Street in January

H: Giles monument - ipswich

by Valentin Arfire, 80 meters away

As the end of the world hasn't come, neither a dramatic change of behaviour of the humans, I took a p...

Giles monument - ipswich

I: Buttermarket street in Ipswich with the beholder

by Valentin Arfire, 80 meters away

selfportrait handheld

Buttermarket street in Ipswich with the beholder

J: Christmas fever on the street

by Valentin Arfire, 80 meters away

Christmas fever on the street

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