37 High Street, Lord – Baker House (1720)

Lord - Baker House, 37 High Street, Ipswich MA
Lord – Baker House 37 High St.

A house stood on this lot before 1682, when Abraham Perkins sold the property to Robert Lord. Abraham Perkins sold to Robert Lord, Sen. “my dwelling house, barn etc. and three and three quarters acres of land, which I lately purchased of Robert Collins of Haverhill,” bounded by Simon Stacy on the west and John Caldwell on the east, April 11, 1682 “(15: 115).

The house at 37 High St. is believed to have been built by Robert Lord III in 1720. An earlier Robert Lord was a blacksmith who made the heavy leg-irons secured to the victims of the Salem witchcraft hysteria who were jailed in Ipswich awaiting trial and execution. The property continued in the Lord family until 1775, when Samuel Baker, felt-maker and hatter, purchased it from Samuel Lord IV. He probably kept his shop in the house.

Many early details remain in this house, including a raised field paneling, a summer beam and huge fireplace. A Beverly jog is on one side of the 2 story home.

The Lord-Baker house, the Collins-Lord house and the Caldwell house are circled in this image from the 1893 Birdseye map of Ipswich

The Collins-Lord house

Immediately to the east of the Baker-Lord house was a house known as the Collins-Lord house. That house was moved by Daniel Wendell to Argilla Rd. in 1940 and was joined with the Ross Tavern to create the historic house still standing on Strawberry Hill. The 1910 Ipswich map shows a house owned by Mary Rutherford at this location with the gable end to the street. The 1893 Birdseye map confirms the location of the Collins-Lord house with the Baker-Lord house to its left.

Lord-Baker House, 37 High Street Preservation Agreement

This early 2nd period house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission. Protected elements include:

  • Exterior front and two end gables
  • Central frame including primary and secondary members
  • Central Chimney
  • Wooden architectural elements in the front hall and stairway, two front first floor rooms and two front second floor rooms of the original building.


Late First Period fireplace
Rear downstairs fireplace at 37 High St.
Front entry at 37 High St. in Ipswich
37 High St. front entry
Rafter and Purlin construction in the attic at 37 High St.
The Lord-Baker house, High St.
The Lord-Baker house, High St.
Lord-Baker house on High Street is in the background of this photo by Peter Zaharis
The Lord-Baker house on High Street is in the background of this photo by Peter Zaharis (1918-2007)

2 replies »

  1. Robert Lord arrived with the first settlers of Ipswich in late 1634 or early 1635, probably from Sudbury, Suffolk, England, where he was born in 1603. Soon after his arrival, Robert Lord was appointed Ipswich Town Clerk and Clerk of the Court of Ipswich and held those posts until his death in 1683. Robert Lord married Mary /Waite/ on 11 Nov., 1630 at Finchingfield, Essex, England. They arrived in Ipswich with four children and had five more children here.

  2. Hello. I’m with the Ipswich Society in the Suffolk England. I’m wondering if there is a connection between the Lord family who built the house in your article and a prominent businessman from Ipswich history, Isaac Lord. Possibly not as IL was Jewish but….

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