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Step back into history and test your knowledge of these old shops in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 04 September 2017

The junction of Upper Brook Street and Tavern Street in 1965. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The junction of Upper Brook Street and Tavern Street in 1965. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Dave Kindred

Test your memory of the shops in Ipswich over the years with our quiz that is sure to be a blast from the past.

We are taking a look back at some of Ipswich’s past and present shops this weekend, how many of them do you remember? 
Our town has had a huge range of stores over the years that have come and gone, from independent gift shops to large chains such as Woolworth’s.

The town’s oldest shop, Martin and Newby, which sold DIY and Hardware goods, was first established in 1873 and closed its doors in June 2004.

Unfortunately after 131 years of selling ironmongery, tools, electrical, domestic and gardening goods, the store closed down due to fierce competition from DIY Superstores such as B&Q and Homebase.

As well as Martin & Newby, Ipswich has seen the loss of the very popular Footmans which was replaced by Debenhams, one of Ipswich’s largest department stores.

The store supplied the people of Ipswich with anything ranging from groceries, furniture and the latest records for more than a century.

Which shops of Ipswich’s past do you miss the most? Let us know in the comments.

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