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Days Gone By: Memories from the Rushmere estate

PUBLISHED: 11:45 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:54 28 September 2017

The Rushmere housing estate, Ipswich, in March 1994, with Renfrew Road bottom right. The Rushmere Hall School site is in the centre. The prefab houses of Humber Doucy Lane and Inverness Road are at the top of the picture. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The Rushmere housing estate, Ipswich, in March 1994, with Renfrew Road bottom right. The Rushmere Hall School site is in the centre. The prefab houses of Humber Doucy Lane and Inverness Road are at the top of the picture. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

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Work started to develop the Rushmere housing estate, Ipswich, in 1947/48, with streets named after Scottish towns and cities.

Who were these darts players at the Selkirk public house, Ipswich, in September 1974. Picture: PAUL NIXON Who were these darts players at the Selkirk public house, Ipswich, in September 1974. Picture: PAUL NIXON

The mostly council house site spans from Colchester Road to Humber Doucy Lane.

Prefabricated houses were built on part of the site in 1947 to help with the housing shortage following the Second World War and had a planned life of ten to fifteen years, they are still standing after seventy years with most residents loving their homes.

Rushmere Hall School in Lanark Road, designed by Johns, Slater and Haward, was built between 1947-49.

Most children from the estate started school there.

Houses in Renfrew Road (bottom), Caithness Close (top left) and Cromarty Road, from the air in March 1994. Picture: DAVID KINDRED Houses in Renfrew Road (bottom), Caithness Close (top left) and Cromarty Road, from the air in March 1994. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The Selkirk public house opened in Selkirk Road in 1956.

Did you live on the estate, go to school there, or visit the Selkirk public house? Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail info@kindred-spirit.co.uk

Visitors to the Kingfisher public house, Ipswich, in 1975, featured in a recent Days Gone By, writes David Kindred.

Were you one of the children at the Renfrew Road playgroup Christmas party in the late 1970s? Picture: IVAN SMITH Were you one of the children at the Renfrew Road playgroup Christmas party in the late 1970s? Picture: IVAN SMITH

Carol Lingley (nee Jowers) emailed in her memories.

I lived on the Chantry estate from 1959 - 1980, moving out when I got married.

My mother and father moved into their brand new house in Bunting Road in 1956, having previously shared a house on the Maidenhall estate as many couples did.

The picture of the people in the Kingfisher are I believe, Kevin Vale, Lorraine Flegg and Marie Perkins.

Can you name these people on an evening out at the Selkirk Public House in 1974? Picture: PAUL NIXON Can you name these people on an evening out at the Selkirk Public House in 1974? Picture: PAUL NIXON

I went to Chantry Secondary School from 1970 - 1975 and knew them there.

Our headmaster was Mr Webber, a very well respected man and an excellent head.

I don’t believe the school was the same after he retired.

It’s nice to see the old photos of my childhood haunts.

Who were the hosts at the Selkirk public house in September 1974? Picture: PAUL NIXON Who were the hosts at the Selkirk public house in September 1974? Picture: PAUL NIXON

If you have memories you would like to share write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an e-mail.

Brewers Steward and Patterson toured Ipswich with a horse drawn dray in August 1958. A crowd of mostly children gathered round the dray when it stopped at the Selkirk public house in Selkirk Road. Were you there? Brewers Steward and Patterson toured Ipswich with a horse drawn dray in August 1958. A crowd of mostly children gathered round the dray when it stopped at the Selkirk public house in Selkirk Road. Were you there?

Are you among this sea of faces at Rushmere Hall Junior School in June 1981, when police officers gave a safety demonstration? Picture: OWEN HINES Are you among this sea of faces at Rushmere Hall Junior School in June 1981, when police officers gave a safety demonstration? Picture: OWEN HINES

Dinner lady, Sheila Storey, busy in the kitchen at Rushmere Hall Junior School in April 1981. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL Dinner lady, Sheila Storey, busy in the kitchen at Rushmere Hall Junior School in April 1981. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Did you take part in the Rushmere Hall Junior School play in December 1980? Picture: OWEN HINES Did you take part in the Rushmere Hall Junior School play in December 1980? Picture: OWEN HINES

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