Gone but not forgotten – 7 sorely missed Ipswich shops

The front of Woolworths on Carr Street, Ipswich. Taken by David Kindred, 1990.

The front of Woolworths in Carr Street, Ipswich in 1990 - Credit: Archant

Do you remember spending time and money in some of these missed Ipswich stores?

Take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the stores that used to stand out in the Ipswich town centre. 

Footman's Pretty 

This was one of Ipswich's largest department stores, situated on a site between Westgate Street and Tower Ramparts. 

Huge queues would form for the sales at Footman’s store.

Huge queues would form for the sales at Footman’s store. - Credit: Dave Kindred

Part of the town centre for over a century, Footman's was a place where most things could be bought – from groceries to furniture. 

The business was founded by Robert Footman as a linen, draper and silk mercer in the Buttermarket, Ipswich, on June 21, 1815, three days after the Battle of Waterloo.

Woolworths 

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Woolworths was a family favourite shop where people would go for their famous pick'n'mix or the latest record. 

Based in Carr Street, Woolies, as it was fondly known, had a shop in the street from the 1920s onwards, but the store was totally rebuilt in 1968.

The store closed down permanently in 2008 after the chain's collapse, but is still fondly remembered by many.

Grimwades

Grimwades is one of the biggest stores to have set up shop in Ipswich

Grimwades is one of the biggest stores to have set up shop in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

First opening in Westgate Street in 1844, Grimwades was a popular shop in Ipswich town centre for more than a century.

The menu for the former Grimwades coffee shop has been left in the window of the refurbished shop un

The menu for the former Grimwades coffee shop left in the window of the refurbished shop unit - Credit: Archant

The greatly missed shop was an old style ladies and gentleman’s outfitters also selling school uniforms. In its later years there was a restaurant on the first floor.

Since Grimwades closed, the building has been a greetings card shop and a bargain clothes store.

Sneezum's

Based in Fore Street for over a century the Sneezum's family ran a pawn brokers shop in the town. 

By the late 1940s the pawn broker trade was largely a thing of the past and Sneezums moved “up market” as jewellers and goldsmiths.

Martin and Newby

A mid 1930s photograph of Lower Orwell Street (right) and Fore Street, Ipswich. Sneezum’s shop is in

Sneezum’s shop is in the centre and part of Martin and Newby’s shop is on the right of this picture of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Trading in Fore Street, Martin and Newby's store was opened in 1873 by John Martin.

He employed his nephew Frederick Newby. Mr Martin died in 1885 and Mr Newby took over the business.

In 1897, the shop was demolished and a new unit built on the site.

The store closed its doors for the final time in 2004.

Andy's Records 

The Suffolk-based record company that traded in Dogs Head Street before moving to the Buttermarket for more than 40 years. 

Number one...Andy Gray of Andy's Records, Bury St Edmunds , with the award for the best independent

Number one...Andy Gray of Andy's Records outside his store - Credit: Archant

A popular place for music lovers to buy the newest or their favourite records. 

BHS

The iconic BHS based in Butter Market closed down in 2016 after the company went into administration. 

Last day of trading at BHS in Ipswich August 3, 2016

Last day of trading at BHS in Ipswich August 3, 2016

The Ipswich branch was one of the chain’s flagship stores and has been at its present site since the late 1990s after moving from Tavern Street.

Fraser Group, the company that owns Sports Direct, House of Fraser, Game and Jack Wills alongside other high street brands, bought the large BHS store in early 2020

Staff at BHS closed the store for good on Wednesday.

Staff at BHS closed the store for good on Wednesday. - Credit: Su Anderson