Edward Caley’s sketch books and drawings of Ipswich Quay
Edward Caley’s drawings and sketch books show the condition of Ipswich Quay in 1837. Caley was employed by the Ipswich Dock Commission to help with surveying work. He used the sketch books to record the buildings on the quay, some of those in the streets behind, and the quay itself. He noted the type and colour of materials used, the present condition of the buildings and the quay, and some of the owners’ / occupiers’ and premises names. They are exquisite and enable the viewer to pick out individual detail and make comparisons with modern Ordnance Survey maps of the area.
The material forms part of the large Ipswich Port Authority collection (Ref: EL1), a catalogue of which can be found in the Ipswich branch searchroom. Apart from his sketch books and drawings this collection contains letters to the Ipswich Dock Commission regarding the appointment of Caley and the quality of his work.