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Days Gone By: Land that was bought for the ‘forty shilling freeholders’

PUBLISHED: 12:06 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 17 January 2018

Copleston Road School, Ipswich, pupils enjoying playtime in March 1977. Are you one of the enthusiastic pupils? Picture: JERRY TURNER

Copleston Road School, Ipswich, pupils enjoying playtime in March 1977. Are you one of the enthusiastic pupils? Picture: JERRY TURNER

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Much of the area of Ipswich, bound by Cauldwell Hall Road, Woodbridge Road and Foxhall Road, is part of the town developed by the Suffolk Freehold Land Society.

This corner shop and off licence, at the junction of Freehold Road and Parliament Road, Ipswich, was photographed in January 1949. Do you remember when the shop looked like this? Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVEThis corner shop and off licence, at the junction of Freehold Road and Parliament Road, Ipswich, was photographed in January 1949. Do you remember when the shop looked like this? Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

The Ipswich Building Society’s website explains: “From 1849, through to the first quarter of the 20th century, many parts of Ipswich, as well as other Suffolk towns, were developed by the Society under its original name of the Ipswich and Suffolk Freehold Land Society.

“This was part of a national movement to create what were known as ‘forty shilling freeholders’; giving the ordinary man a chance to buy enough land to give him the right to vote.

“In the early days, the Society purchased large parcels of land, laying out roads across this land and dividing it into allotments that were offered for sale to its senior members.

“The Ipswich & Suffolk Permanent Benefit Building Society outlasted other, smaller building societies in the region, becoming the Ipswich & Suffolk Building Society in 1969 and finally merging with the Ipswich & District Building Society in 1975 to become Ipswich Building Society.”

The Lions head public house, at the corner of Cauldwell Hall Road and Freehold Road, Ipswich, was built as the area expanded in the early years of the twentieth century. It is now the Old Times Guest House. This photograph was taken in the 1980s. Were you a regular there? Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVEThe Lions head public house, at the corner of Cauldwell Hall Road and Freehold Road, Ipswich, was built as the area expanded in the early years of the twentieth century. It is now the Old Times Guest House. This photograph was taken in the 1980s. Were you a regular there? Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

In 1849, the Society purchased around 99 acres of Cauldwell Hall estate, between Foxhall Road and Woodbridge Road.

Do you have memories of the area or were you a pupil at Copleston Road School? To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an e-mail

Who were this trio with their seventies haircuts at Copleston Road School, Ipswich, in March 1977.  Picture: JERRY TURNERWho were this trio with their seventies haircuts at Copleston Road School, Ipswich, in March 1977. Picture: JERRY TURNER

Who was taking this lesson with a group of pupils at Copleston School, Ipswich, in March 1977? Picture: JERRY TURNERWho was taking this lesson with a group of pupils at Copleston School, Ipswich, in March 1977? Picture: JERRY TURNER

Copleston Road School, Ipswich, in 1977. Picture: JERRY TURNERCopleston Road School, Ipswich, in 1977. Picture: JERRY TURNER

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