Ipswich in old picture postcards

Ipswich in old picture postcards

:   Paul Fincham
:   Suffolk
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-3406-4
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69. Fraser's was one of several disastrous fires in the riverside district of Ipswich at that time. On this postcard, the firemen seem to be standing on the doek embankment, directing their jets at buildings along the quay. Superintendent Wheeler, in command since 1876, retired - perhaps significantly - later in 1912. That year, an appliance with a 50-foot escape ladder was bought. Motor engines were introduced in 1918 and horses eventually abandoned in 1920.

70. The initials on both themail van and the letter-box in the Post Office portico, E.R., suggest a date of about 1909 for this Edwardian photograph. Motor vans for transporting mail only completely replaced horse or hand-drawn carts in 1926. The figures over the entrance of the 1881 Post Office represent Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce.

71. Ipswich Gas Light Company, one of the earliest formed to supply the public with gas, celebrated its centenary in 1921, though this photograph is a decade earlier. The celebrations were at Oak Hili (now part of St. Joseph's College), the Belstead Road home of Sir Daniel Ford Goddard, the company chairman. 'A vast assembly of guests, to the number of over 500,' sat down for tea and speeches in a huge marquee.

72. In the General Strike ofMay 1926, this group of police officers posed with their emergency vehicle for tbis picture, in the yard bebind the Golden Lion hotel. The postcard identifies them, from left to right, as Jack Fisher, inspeetor Saunders (on the motor-cycle), Jack Grimwood (driving the tender) and constables Christie, Haylett, Enridge and Pooley. They seem amused rather than perturbed by the occasion.

73. A policeman and a 'Special' constabie during the General Strike, seen here retuming from the final parade of 'Specials' on 12th May 1926, when the strike had been declared off. The photograph was taken outside Rushbrooke the tailor's shop in Dog's Head Street, looking towards the Old Cattle Market.

74. The East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital in Anglesea Road opened in 1836, at a cost of f:4,148, for fifty patients. It expanded, adding an extra storey and wings and ugly ancillary buildings. Since the Hospital's move to Heath Road, this has been Anglesea Heights nursing-home. Some buildings at the rear, in Ivry Street, were converted, 1996, to the Ipswich School's Pre-Prep Departrnent. John Chevallier Cobbold, who did much for Ipswich, was the Hospital's first Treasurer and Secretary.

75. This photograph of about 1890 shows one of the new wards at the hospital, hygienic but spartan, with iron cots and bed-boxes, plain scrubbed floor and central stove. Pictures on the walls are mostly of an 'improving' kind. Throughout the 1890's, 'Hospital Tuesdays' were held annually each autumn to raise funds. fI81 was collected in 1893, but only f86 two years later.


76. Broadwater, on Belstead Road, was used as a military hospital during the First World War. The first wounded arrived on 21st October 1914, the last man lef ton 6th February 1919. Here a group of soldiers, two with arms in slings, pause for the camera during a game of croquet, while a nurse watches from an upstair window. The house has been demolished, its grounds built over. A lodge may survive as No. 97 Belstead Road.



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77. Hope House Orphanage, on the corner of Foxhall Road and Alan Road, opened in 1883 with Miss Hannah Warner as matron. A memorial stone attributes its foundation to Edward Grimwade, Esq., J.P. The rear view of the large brick and terracotta house looks as it does here, except for an extension on the right, and a fire escape. In 1986, it is used as a hostel by the Mental Aftereare Association.

78. The first Ipswich Museum, founded in 1847, soon outgrew its premises in the new street to which it gave its name (see No. 29). 'It is in many respects one ofthe best provincial museums in the kingdom,' said alocal guidebook. This view of the interior, on the eve ofits move in 1881, shows display cabinets and showcases which are still being used today in the new, larger building, in High Street.

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