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Days Gone By: Memories of life at busy town junction

PUBLISHED: 09:28 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:40 25 October 2017

The junction of Woodbridge Road, Rushmere Road and Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, is bottom centre of this 1994 aerial view. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The junction of Woodbridge Road, Rushmere Road and Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, is bottom centre of this 1994 aerial view. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

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A mixture of homes, schools and businesses make the busy area of Ipswich around the junction of Woodbridge Road, Rushmere Road and Cauldwell Hall Road.

The Golden Key public house at the corner of Woodbridge Road and Cauldwell Hall Road in the 1980s, which closed in January 2113. The site had been a public house since the middle of the nineteenth century. Picture: ALBERT GONZALEZ The Golden Key public house at the corner of Woodbridge Road and Cauldwell Hall Road in the 1980s, which closed in January 2113. The site had been a public house since the middle of the nineteenth century. Picture: ALBERT GONZALEZ

The red brick St John’s Church in Cauldwell Hall Road was built at the end of the 19th century, replacing the much smaller building next door built in 1857, which was demolished in 2001.

The area around the junction had two public houses until the John Bull on Woodbridge Road closed in 2011 and the Golden Key, at the corner of Woodbridge Road and Cauldwell Hall Road, closed in January 2013 and was converted to a Sainsbury’s store.

Hundreds of children from the area attend Sidegate Primary School in Sidegate Lane. St John’s Church of England School is in Victory Road.

Tony (left) and Martyn Markwell at the Selkirk public house, Ipswich in September 1974.  Picture: PAUL NIXON Tony (left) and Martyn Markwell at the Selkirk public house, Ipswich in September 1974. Picture: PAUL NIXON

The Rushmere Housing Estate, Ipswich, featured in Days Gone By recently.

I was surprised and pleased to see the picture of two darts players at the Selkirk Public House. I am on the left (known by all as Buster) and the other player is my younger brother Martyn Markwell. The Selkirk was one of the main hubs on the Rushmere Estate at the time. We were one of many big families that lived on the estate. We were all sports mad, playing football, cricket and golf, mainly on the squares of grass, sometimes with 25-a-side in the football! The Selkirk had a good football team for many years playing in the Licensed Trade League on Sundays. The row of shops at Selkirk Road sold everything our families needed, and it was a close strong community.

Tony Markwell

By email.

What was the football team at Sidegate Lane Primary School, Ipswich, celebrating in March 1985. Can you add the names? Picture: OWEN HINES What was the football team at Sidegate Lane Primary School, Ipswich, celebrating in March 1985. Can you add the names? Picture: OWEN HINES

Do you have memories of the area? Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail

Do you remember when Barnard Brothers, Woodbridge Road shop looked like this around 1950?

Do you remember when Barnard Brothers, Woodbridge Road shop looked like this around 1950?

Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, around 1915. A milkmans horse drawn cart with milk churns is on the left in a photograph taken from near the junction of Woodbridge Road. Bristol Road is off to the right. Picture: DAVE KINDRED Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, around 1915. A milkmans horse drawn cart with milk churns is on the left in a photograph taken from near the junction of Woodbridge Road. Bristol Road is off to the right. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

The John Bull public house at the junction of Kirby Street, Ipswich, closed in the autumn of 2011. Picture: ALBERT GONZALEZ The John Bull public house at the junction of Kirby Street, Ipswich, closed in the autumn of 2011. Picture: ALBERT GONZALEZ

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