Ipswich: Mystery over century-old terracotta bust found on tombstone

Alternative view of the stone head Image copyright Ipswich Borough Council
Image caption The stone bust shows some sign of wear, plus the odd bit of moss, but it is not clear where it came from

Officials have been left baffled by the arrival of a bust that appeared on a tombstone in a churchyard.

The terracotta bust, said to be over a century old, was found at St Lawrence's Church, Ipswich, by a shopkeeper.

Gail Broom, senior conservation officer at Ipswich Borough Council said: "We believe this is around 100 years old.

"We don't know, and are puzzled as to how it arrived on a tombstone in St Lawrence's churchyard. Someone must know who it is and who it belongs to."

She explained the head bears a resemblance to a sculpture of someone from the Commonwealth era of English history.

She said the bust had been found by a shopkeeper, who took it to the Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen's Churchyard.

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