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See how this stretch of industrial dockland on the Ipswich Waterfront looks now

PUBLISHED: 18:03 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:46 30 November 2016

The wet dock with the now-demolished industrial buildings, taken by John Field in the mid 1970s

The wet dock with the now-demolished industrial buildings, taken by John Field in the mid 1970s

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This was the scene in the 1970s when the Eastern Counties Farmers Mill loomed over the wet dock area of Ipswich.

Ipswich Waterfront in 2016 with modern new homes, coffee bars and the university. By John FieldIpswich Waterfront in 2016 with modern new homes, coffee bars and the university. By John Field

And below we see the exact same scene taken some 40 years later with the University of Suffolk in the background and the luxury apartments which replaces the industrial buildings in the foreground.

Local historian, and great advocate for Ipswich, John Field, is fascinated by the wet dock area, which dates back from Victorian times, when it was a wonder of construction.

Mr Field often carries his camera on his travels around Ipswich and uses some of the photos he takes in an illustrated talk he gives - From Riches to Rags and Back Again, about the regeneration of the Ipswich Wet Dock.

He took the second image earlier this year to show just how radically this area has changed over the last four decades.

In the first photograph the tall, dominant building is the Eastern Counties Farmers mill, producing animal feed for the agricultural community.

The raw materials including grain such as maize, and fishmeal and bloodmeal would come in, often by boat.

At the other end of the process, animal feed in pellets - much of it bagged up - was despatched by road to farms.

The University of Suffolk’s main Waterfront building now stands in that position.

There has been tremendous change in the quayside area again in recent years, with more to come in the years ahead.

Most recently St Mary at the Quay has had a multi-million pound restoration and refurbishment to become Quay Place, a community hub. As Quay Place it will become a new centre for arts, events and much more.

While another historic Waterfront area church, St Clements, is being earmarked to become the new Ipswich Arts Centre.

And Isaacs on the Quay has recently won an award as a wedding venue.

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