The abrupt change in the name of High Street to East Street at the intersection with North Street is odd unless one knows a bit of history. When Ipswich was laid out in the 1600’s, town center was Meetinghouse Green. A road headed south and crossed the river — it was named South Main Street. It continued north from the Green one block as North Main Street and ended. From here one could go west on High Street, or East and down to the river on East Street.
Although still unpaved thirty years later, the street already looks more elegant.