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.

East Street, 1870
East Street, 1909

Although still unpaved thirty years later, the street already looks more elegant.

East Street along the Ipswich River before the current Town Wharf was created in the early 20th Century. At that time the river came to the edge of the street.
The Hodgkins Lakeman house on East St.
The Hodgkins Lakeman house on East St. Photo by George Darling, circa 1900
East and Hovey Street intersection by George Dexter
East and Hovey Street intersection by George Dexter
The intersection of East and Spring Streets, with a Hayward Scale in the intersection, before 1900. Photo by George Dexter
The intersection of East and Spring Streets, with a Hayward Scale in the intersection, before 1900. Photo by George Dexter
2 East St Robert Jordan 1863 Read
6 East St Daniel Russell 1790 Read
7 East St Sadie Stockwell 1888 Read
8 East St Matthew Perkins 1709 Read
9 East St Foster Russell 1756 Read
10 East St Nathaniel Harris 1840 Read
14 East St Baker-Newman 1725 Read
16 East St Lakeman – Johnson 1835 Read
18 East St Dodge 1725 Read
22 East St Moses Fellows 1790 Read
26 East St Polly Dole 1720 Read
25 East St Willcomb mill 1830 Read
27 East St Elizabeth Caldwell 1740 IPS.56
30 East St Jordan-Snelling-Potter 1708 Read
31 East St Old Asylum Wash House 1828
33 East St The Old Store 1830 Read
35 East St Luther Wait 1810 Read
37 East St Stephen Baker 1834 Read
38 East St John Harris 1742 Read
50 East St Hovey-Dodge 1865 IPS.569
59 East St Ringe-Lord 1832 Read
62 East St Wainwright-Treadwell 1727 Read
64 East St John S. Glover 1872 Read
76 East St Hodgkins – Lakeman 1690 Read
80 East St Perkins-Hodgkins 1709 Read

 

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