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Days Gone By: Did you work or shop at Ridley’s in Ipswich?

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 May 2017

Ridleys Ipswich shop in April 1983 as closure was announced.

Ridleys Ipswich shop in April 1983 as closure was announced.

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It was the ‘old style’ clothes shop where you could also get a haircut and lunch, writes David Kindred.

A brewing company's horse drawn dray passing Ridleys Tavern Street, Ipswich shop in the 1950s. A brewing company's horse drawn dray passing Ridleys Tavern Street, Ipswich shop in the 1950s.

Ridleys shop occupied a prominent site at the corner of Tavern Street and Dial Lane, Ipswich, until closure in 1983.

Who was saying goodbye at Ridleys in April 1978? Who was saying goodbye at Ridleys in April 1978?

The shop was upmarket and “old style” with personal attention from assistants.

Arthur J Ridley's shop as it was in the 1920s. The signs in the window list services of Hatter, Hosier and Shirtmaker. The shop on the left was then Joseph Hunt Dairyman and Baker. Arthur J Ridley's shop as it was in the 1920s. The signs in the window list services of Hatter, Hosier and Shirtmaker. The shop on the left was then Joseph Hunt Dairyman and Baker.

The shop was mens and ladies outfitters, with hairdressers and a restaurant in the basement.

Beauty treatment at Ridleys in 1978. Beauty treatment at Ridleys in 1978.

Directories from the early years of the last century list the site as “Arthur J Ridley hosier and shirt maker”.

Beauty treatment at Ridleys in 1978. Beauty treatment at Ridleys in 1978.

In this weeks Days Gone By, I feature photographs of Ridley’s.

Who were these two members of staff a Ridleys shop soon before closure in May 1983? Who were these two members of staff a Ridleys shop soon before closure in May 1983?

If you have memories of Ridley’s shop in the centre of Ipswich write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail him.

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