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Days Gone By

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Photographs of the Woodbridge Road, Sidegate Lane area of Ipswich, were published on these pages recently and readers have responded with memories of the area.

Trains provided a link to the outside world for towns and villages as the Victorian railway companies expanded with main and branch lines all over Suffolk.

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.

Cliff Lane, Ipswich, was just a track leading from Nacton Road to Holywells Road with Holywells Park on one side and farmland on the other, writes David Kindred.

Services in rural villages in the past were often operated from houses, writes David Kindred.

Gallery: Days Gone By: Memories from the Rushmere estate

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

Aerial photographs give a fascinating view of our towns and villages. Many changes are recorded in these views, writes David Kindred,

Memories of the Chantry housing estate, Ipswich, have come from readers following the publication of archive photographs of the area in a recent Days Gone By, writes David Kindred.

In 1970 the company then known as Willis Faber and Dumas decided to move all its administrative departments from Southend and London to Ipswich on a site in Princes Street, designed by Norman Foster, later Sir Norman, writes David Kindred.

Large engineering works in Ipswich have employed thousands of people - now many of the companies have gone, writes David Kindred.

Shoppers mingling with traffic in the town centre, busy public houses and a major shopping chain opening in town, were all part of life in Ipswich during the 1970s, writes David Kindred.

The Chantry housing estate in Ipswich was mostly built in the 1950s and 60s to house the town’s expanding population, writes David Kindred.

Felixstowe grew in the 19th and early 20th century – partly because of the Victorian and Edwardian fashion of bathing in the sea and holidays on the coast, writes David Kindred.

One end of Carr Street, Ipswich, was until recently, dominated by the Co-op’s department stores, writes David Kindred.

Constant changes to Ipswich make some areas almost unrecognisable, while other parts of town retain many of the older buildings, writes David Kindred.

I recently featured photographs of the part of Ipswich known as “The Saints” and in this week’s Days Gone By regular contributor Rod Cross has sent his memories of the area, writes David Kindred.

A Red Devils parachute performance, vintage dancing and live music are just some of the activities taking place this weekend to mark 100 years since Martlesham Heath airfield opened.

Celebrating Martlesham’s aviation history, a century after the air station was created.

A photograph of nearby St Helens street shops, which included G Deeks estate agent, King and Waters optician, and R Bartlett hairdresser, appeared in Days Gone By recently, writes David Kindred.

A photograph of Waterloo House, which was the Post Office, public house and shop at Tattingstone, appeared in Days Gone By recently, writes David Kindred.

With fascinating and clear memories of her childhood in Ipswich, reader Jude Wiseman has written recalling bombs falling on Ipswich during the Second World War, the severe winter of 1947, the Arts Theatre in Tower Street and ducking down behind the safety fence at Ipswich Speedway.

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

St Nicholas Street and St Peter’s Street in Ipswich are known as The Saints, writes David Kindred.

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