To the Glory of God and in deathless memory of those of the parish who died in defence of King and Country in the Great War 1914 -19
The first eight were actively engaged in definite Christian work in connection with the Church when called to the colours.
WALTER GEORGE GOSLING
On March 7th 2011, a fire devastated the church, destroying the roof and internal structure. Many memorials within the church were believed to be lost, one being the WW1 Memorial, an oak panel with carved gilded lettering. In 2019, the project team were kindly granted permission to search for the Boer War memorial which was made of stone, so was assumed to be capable of surviving the fire. Sadly this was not the case, only the bolts on the wall remained. To the teams surprise it was revealed the WW1 memorial had been removed from the church in 1997, being kept in storage.
In 1997 St. Michael’s church was made redundant. The population had fallen as the Pottery’s and water front area of Ipswich had been knocked down through slum clearance in the 1930’s and 1960’s. Then Planning blight of the new development of the Mint Quarter (shopping centre) in the 80’s and 1990’s held back the redevelopment of the area.
JIMAS a Muslim educational charity which works to create greater understanding about Islam amongst Muslims and people of other faiths or none, through Education, Engagement and Service. They bought St Michael’s Church in 2011 with the intention of redeveloping it into a community centre. Following the fire (arson), the Church Hall, next to the church has since been restored and is active within the surrounding community. The community group continues to raise money to restore and develop the church.
Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HN
The church’ foundation stone was laid in 1890