Ipswich in the late Middle Ages was a flourishing town. A wide range of commodities passed through its port, to and from far-flung markets, bought and sold by merchants from diverse backgrounds, and carried in ships whose design evolved during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Its trading partners, both domestic and overseas, changed in response to developments in the international, national and local economy, as did the occupations of its craftsmen, with textile, leather and metal industries were of particular importance. However, despite its importance, and the richness of its medieval.
Economic context -- The produce of many lands -- A flourishing town -- Merchants of Cologne -- The town in troubled times -- Calmer waters -- Recovery begins -- Inventiveness and enterprise -- Appendix 1, Timeline -- Appendix 2, Fifteenth-century Ipswich bailiffs -- Appendix 3, Fifteenth-century Ipswich people -- Appendix 4, Surviving memorials to Ipswich burgesses -- Appendix 5, Merchants shipping wool from Ipswich, 1396-1413 -- Appendix 6, Exports and imports by Ipswich merchants, 1396-98 -- Appendix 7, Denizen merchants active in overseas trade from Ipswich 1459-66