Ipswich in old picture postcards

Ipswich in old picture postcards

:   Paul Fincham
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:   United Kingdom
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Ipswich. The Promenade

49. A guidebook to late-nineteenth century Ipswich said of the Promenade: These lines of trees and gravelled paths are delightfully pleasant on a summer evening, especially when the moon is on the waters, and the foliage adds much to the attractiveness of the river itself No one should visit Ipswich without taking the walk from Stoke Bridge to the Umbrella.


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50. The river and fore-shore were always used for recreation. Water-sperts and regatta days drew great crowds. Hog Highland, the site of factories and the former Cliff Quay Power Station (demolished earIy 1990s), was popular as a children's paddling place .. The trees ofthe Promenade are in the centre ofthis picture, and the main river channel to the Ieft.


51. Wherstead was just far enough from Ipswich to make it an attractive place for an excursion. One guidebook remarked: The Ostrich is a favourite house of refreshment for people strolling on a country walk as wel! as for persons enjoying themselves in pleasure-boats on the river. There are what are cal!ed Tea Gardens attached to the house, but not much tea is drunk, the usual sourees of enjoyment being beer and tobacco.



52. Until almost 1930, the only alternative public bathing place to the Fore Street baths (1894) was on a part of the river bank at Stoke. This postcard was sent to a girl in July 1903 by her brother , presumably one of the swimmers in the photograph. '1 am sending you this as 1 know you like something spicy,' he wrote. 'If you look closely you will see someone you know, but don't look too close!'

53. Stoke bathing place, being part of the river, was subject to high tides and flood damage: here, the wooden bathing-huts have been tumbled about and smashed. No date exists for this picture but it could weil be 23rd November 1908, when an abnormally high tide coincided with a heavy gale.

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54. Ipswich proudly celebrated three major new public works on 27th July 1881. Only a month earlier, and perhaps even more important for the town's well-being, a new sewer was completed. Members of the Corporation and their guests sat down to luncheon in a covered reservoir at the works.

55. The eattle market, established in the town eentre in 1810, was moved in 1856 to a large new site on the Portman Marshes, alongside the new road - Prinees Street -linking the town with the new railway station. The ground was raised three feet above the marsh level in the hope of avoiding flooding. The firm of Robert Bond & Sons, whose advertisement ean be seen, eondueted regular livestoek auetions on the spot.

56. At Orwell Works, Ransome, Sims and Jeffries had thirty acres of ground, and employed 'some 3,000 men and boys in the manufacture of steam engines of all kinds, both for industrial and agricultural purposes', according to a 1912 Directory. Here are some of them, at dinner time, in the first years of this century. Packard's Chemical Manure Works (later Fisons ) are on the right.

57. Footman, Pretty and Nicolson's factory at Tower Ramparts, built in 1881 and dilapidated in 1986, was still new when this picture was taken. The ridge where the cottages stand is part ofthe town's old earthen wall. The whole ofthe foreground area here is now the Corporation's centra! bus terminus.

58. Ipswich Co-operative Society's grand new building in Carr Street, built 1885-86, stands on the site of Betts' stables, starting-point of the old London stage waggons. The Tudor house on the left, on Cox Lane corner, was sold, dismantled and removed in 1908 for additional Co-operative Society premises. It was exhibited in London, rebuilt in Northamptonshire, and then destroyed by fire.

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