Ipswich in old picture postcards

Ipswich in old picture postcards

Auteur
:   Paul Fincham
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Provincie
:   Suffolk
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-3406-4
Pagina's
:   144
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79. When the collections moved to their new home, the old museum was used by Archer and Turner, a firm of auctioneers and valuers. By 1907 Turner had gone, and H.E. Archer was using the old museum as a ballroom. It was he who sent this postcard to a patron, with the message: 'The Dances for the Season will be resumed on 7th October at the Assembly Rooms, Museum Street.'

80. The new Museum in High Street, opened in 1881, along with the Post Office and new loek gates (see No. 54), also housed the School of Art and the Free Library. Once again the contents outgrew the premises. The Library was extended in 1887, and a new wing for the Museum was added in 1901. In 1924, the provision of a separate library in Northgate Street released much-needed additional space for the expanding museum collections.

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81. Ipswich Social Settlement, ten years after its foundation in 1896 by MI. (later Sir) Daniel Ford Goddard, a good friend to the town, as a non-politica! and undenominational community centre. lts activities and services were important in the days before the welfare state. lt stood, massively, at the lower end of Fore Street, near the most densely-populated part of the town. lt was demolished only in the 1950s, as part of a road improvement scheme.

82. Ipswich School, about 1890, before the trees in the Upper Arboretum had grown up to soften the 1850s brickwork. Fonnereau Road and both arboretums were made from the public meadow of Bolton. Some older inhabitants still spoke nostalgically of Bolton, 'without its graveUed paths or shrubs or flowers, without boards up at every turn with cautions to visitors, without lodge keepers closing and opening gates at fixed hours ... '

83. The Convent ofJesus and Mary, on Woodbridge Road, had one ofthe town's two Roman Catholic schools. This large building is still there, but seems somehow less impressive, screened by the surrounding buildings, and with modem housing going up on part of its site, fronting Woodbridge Road, opposite the Albion Mills public house (see No. 39).

84. The Municipal Secondary School for Boys (by IS. Corder), on Tower Ramparts, soon after its opening in 1889. Pupils called it the 'Muni'. The large red-brick building, with distinctive curved gables, was demolished in 1979. The site is now filled by the Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre, cutting right through to Tavem Street.

85. The Boys' Middle School, in Bolton Lane, opened in 1885. This photograph was taken by one of the pupils some ten years later. Their motto: 'WeIl begun is half done,' in Latin, would no longer be understood. The rigid arrangement of desks, the bare walls and high windows, are characteristic of most schools at that period. Flaxman, the school porter, rang a handbeIl to indicate the time for a change of lessons. This central schoolroom, now much more cheerful, is the concert-room of the County Music School.

86. Great Colman Street, built in the 1820's on the gardens of (Tudor) Harbottie House, was terminated at its Northgate Street end by these Assembly Rooms. They later became a School of Art, Girls' High School, motor works, dry cleaner's, and a stationery shop. The upper part has been extended since this 1890 photograph, and modern shop windows inserted, but the structure is stilI easily recognisable.

87. This postcard is one of the Piekwiek Series, recalling Dickens' reference to the Great White Horse Hotel in his book Piekwiek Papers. The hotel's early nineteenth century façade is deceptive. lts original timbered courtyard, glazed over to make another room, is more easily recognisable for what it is in this photograph of about 1910 than it is today, with more sophisticated fittings and furniture.

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88. 'I need not tell you whose favourite place this is,' wrote Kate to her friend Nell in 1907, on this postcard of the Ipswich Cavalry Barracks. Other contemporary photographs of groups of soldiers explain the establishment's popularity with the Ipswich girls! The Barracks, for 1,500 men, were built in 1796 in St. Matthew's parish. Barrack Corner and Barrack Lane still remind us of them, although the buildings had gone by 1930.

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