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A recent Days gone By featured Cranfield Brothers Mills at Ipswich dock, writes David Kindred.

Were you a pupil at Britannia Road, Primary School, Ipswich, 40 years ago? asks David Kindred.

One of Ipswich’s largest department stores is Debenhams, which stands on a site between Westgate Street and Tower Ramparts, writes David Kindred as he takes his weekly look back at the history of Ipswich.

Cranfield Brothers first built at Ipswich Docks, close to Stoke Bridge, back in 1884, writes David Kindred as he takes his weekly look back at the history of Ipswich.

Upper Brook Street is one of the oldest streets in Ipswich and over the centuries it has been home to several public houses and inns, writes David Kindred.

Our Ipswich Remembers Facebook page is going from strength to strength, with nearly 7,000 members now part of the group.

Recalling lost public houses, inns and taverns often sparks memories and debates and this week readers have been remembering two of Ipswich’s Watering holes.

Ipswich train Station was recently the focus of Days Gone By, with photographs showing how the area has evolved over the 157 years since the station opened on this site.

The landscape of Ipswich has changed dramatically over the past 80 years, with the population of the town increasing considerably and the town expanding to accommodate it.

The closure of Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, between the train station and Ancaster Road, started last week, writes David Kindred.

Ransomes Sims and Jefferies, Ransomes and Rapier and Reavell’s are just some of the Ipswich companies whose products were known world wide, writes David Kindred.

Alton Water is the largest man-made reservoir in Suffolk with a perimeter of more than eight miles, writes David Kindred,

Today we are taking a nostalgic look at hip hop and the dancers who were showing off their talents at a theme night at Traders Bar in Ipswich back in August 1999.

We recently featured photographs of Ransomes Sims and Jefferies Orwell Works, Ipswich, and readers have responded with memories of their time there and have added names to those in the photographs featured.

The refurbishment of Ipswich station is nearing completion and to mark the we are looking back at the station’s history.

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.

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