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Days Gone By: Photographer Peter Boulton captured life in Hadleigh in the 1940s

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 June 2017

Tinsmith Mr Wolsey of Hadleigh in his workshop in January 1947. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Tinsmith Mr Wolsey of Hadleigh in his workshop in January 1947. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Towns and large villages were once self contained, with most trades available to get items made or repaired, writes David Kindred.

Mr Lightning at Bridge Street Mill, Hadleigh, in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON Mr Lightning at Bridge Street Mill, Hadleigh, in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON

We now live in a throwaway world where it is often cheaper to buy new than to have a trader make a repair.

Blacksmith, Mr Hazel, in his Hadleigh forge in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON Blacksmith, Mr Hazel, in his Hadleigh forge in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Engineer, Mr Dyer, at Bridge Street Mill Mr Dyer in 1945. Picture: PETER BOULTON Engineer, Mr Dyer, at Bridge Street Mill Mr Dyer in 1945. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Hadleigh-based professional photographer Peter Boulton captured life in his home town in the 1940s, with pictures of a tailor, blacksmith, rope maker, sign writer and many more. Some working in local industries in the town.

Cobbler, Mr Elliot, in his shoe shop at 76 High Street, Hadleigh. Picture: PETER BOULTON Cobbler, Mr Elliot, in his shoe shop at 76 High Street, Hadleigh. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Tailor, Fred Clarke, at 53 High Street, Hadleigh, in December 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON Tailor, Fred Clarke, at 53 High Street, Hadleigh, in December 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Many of these trades have gone from smaller communities but, with Peter’s photographs, we can look back to a time when all sorts of services were within walking distance of people’s homes.

Malsters at T.W. Wilsons premises in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON Malsters at T.W. Wilsons premises in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Worried onlookers following the aircraft crash in Ipswich, in 1957. Were you there that day? Worried onlookers following the aircraft crash in Ipswich, in 1957. Were you there that day?

Do any of Peter’s photographs bring back memories for you?

Beekeeper, Mr Reed, in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON Beekeeper, Mr Reed, in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Basket maker, Mr Markwell, at his Angel Street, Hadleigh workshop. Picture: PETER BOULTON Basket maker, Mr Markwell, at his Angel Street, Hadleigh workshop. Picture: PETER BOULTON


Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or email him.

Sign Writer, Mr Everett, in December 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON Sign Writer, Mr Everett, in December 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Tree feller, Mr Balaam. Picture: PETER BOULTON Tree feller, Mr Balaam. Picture: PETER BOULTON

A hand loom operator at Brett Weavers, Hadleigh, in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON A hand loom operator at Brett Weavers, Hadleigh, in 1946. Picture: PETER BOULTON

A lorry and bus service was operated by Benjamin Beeston, this photograph was taken in May 1947. Picture: PETER BOULTON A lorry and bus service was operated by Benjamin Beeston, this photograph was taken in May 1947. Picture: PETER BOULTON

Hadleigh baker Mr Bloomfield making bread in November 1946. Do you remember Mr Bloomfield? Picture: PETER BOULTON Hadleigh baker Mr Bloomfield making bread in November 1946. Do you remember Mr Bloomfield? Picture: PETER BOULTON

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