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Days Gone By

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Dozens of public houses have closed in Ipswich in recent years. The pace of losses has now slowed and many community pubs are run by volunteers. 


Ransomes Sims and Jefferies is an Ipswich company where generations of local people worked, writes photography and local history enthusiast David Kindred.

Anybody who was at school up to the 1970s will recall how punishment was administered with a cane or slipper.

The shortest day of winter is now behind us, but the next few weeks are the most likely time for us to have the lowest temperatures and snow, writes David Kindred.

Rudolph has been touring the streets of Ipswich and Suffolk for a number of years, so we have dug up some photos of the Roundtable’s Santa in days gone by.

Attitudes have changed beyond recognition since a survey of Ipswich was published in 1924 by the Ipswich Local Committee on Christian Politics, Economics and Citizenship, which came to light recently, writes David Kindred.

Most transactions at the banks in Ipswich are now automated, writes David Kindred.

Reminders of the past are still on many properties in Ipswich, writes David Kindred.

It is difficult to imagine that there was a time, right up until the later part of the Victorian era, that towns like Ipswich did not have a fire brigade available to everybody, writes David Kindred.

Cigarette and cigar production in Ipswich employed thousands of people in the long history of Churchman’s, writes David Kindred.

Professional football is a different world since reader Rod Cross first attended a match at the Ipswich Town Football Club ground at Portman Road, writes David Kindred.

Raging infernos that destroyed cinemas and former pubs now demolished - readers have been remembering some of Ipswich’s defining moments and the landmarks now lost to redevelopment.

Memories of life in the Stoke area of Ipswich have come from 95-year-old-old George Brunning, of Ipswich, writes David Kindred.

This week DAVID KINDRED takes a look at the early days of local radio in Ipswich and Suffolk.

Memories of a dramatic fire in Ipswich town centre in February 1950 have come from a reader on the other side of the world.

As the Railway pub in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, has reopened this week, we’re asking Ipswich Star readers to share their photos and memories of gigs at the popular pub.

We are on the move again. The offices of Archant, the publishers of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, are moving this month to newly refurbished offices in Portman House, writes David Kindred.

As we hit October, your mind might start wandering to trick or treaters, fancy dress and excessive mountains of sweets.

The River Orwell flows from the weir at Yarmouth Road, Ipswich, to Harwich Harbour. It passes the marina at Levington, now called the Suffolk Yacht Harbour, which has expanded considerably since this photograph was taken in the late 1970s.

Four decades ago Ipswich had through traffic in the town’s main shopping areas, writes David Kindred.

This week’s Days Gone By features Ipswich in a series of ‘then and now’ views, writes photographer David Kindred.

Within living memory you could visit eight public houses - now all closed - on a walk along Princes Street, Ipswich, between the Cornhill and the railway station, writes David Kindred.

Ipswich’s postal services featured in a recent Days Gone By and this week Dave Kindred looks at readers’ memories of the days of telegrams arriving by motorcycle messenger and the Christmas period at the sorting office, when casual staff helped sort the thousands of extra cards and parcels being sent.

The site of one of Ipswich’s major employers until the 1980s - Willaim Pretty’s - is now a car park, writes David Kindred.

The former post office building on the Cornhill, Ipswich, is now a branch of Lloyds Bank, writes David Kindred.

The Buttermarket Centre in Ipswich is currently being converted to include a 12-screen cinema and chain restaurants including Wagamama, writes David Kindred.

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