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 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.