Days Gone By - Do you remember when heavy snow fall brought Ipswich to a standstill?

1952 saw snow and gale force winds in both March and November. This photograph was taken at Swilland

1952 saw snow and gale force winds in both March and November. This photograph was taken at Swilland. (Photo by Doug Cotton).

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.

Children crossing The Mount, Ipswich, in February 1956. St Mary at the Elms Church is in the backgro

Children crossing The Mount, Ipswich, in February 1956. St Mary at the Elms Church is in the background

In this week’s Days Gone By I have taken a look back at past winters. In February 1956 the East Coast of England, from Yorkshire to Kent, was covered in huge amounts of fine powdery snow, which drifted and blocked many roads and services. St Mary at the Elms Church in Ipswich is in the background of this photo.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

The snow fall of 1958 was sudden and cut off towns and villages. Many children were stranded at their school.

This photograph was taken January 23, 1963, as the ex Shoreham lifeboat, en route to Whitby, was fre

This photograph was taken January 23, 1963, as the ex Shoreham lifeboat, en route to Whitby, was freed from the ice by a larger vessel. (Photo by Alfred Smith).

But one of the worst was from Christmas 1962 to March 1963, when rivers froze with a fall of snow and very low temperatures that lasted for months. It was the coldest winter since 1740 and a cold east wind kept temperatures below freezing for much of that period.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

Snow drifts 12-feet high were recorded at Wickham Market and 40ft ice-flows stopped the ferry service from Felixstowe to Bawdsey.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

January 1979 was the coldest period since 1963, with the temperatures down to -11c in the region and heavy falls of snow causing major disruption.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

While children and winter sports fans find it fun, for most the struggle to get to work, shops and to get children to school, make frozen conditions an unwelcome visitor.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

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All forms of transport are badly disrupted and most are pleased when a thaw sets in.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

1987 brought another major snow storm, with the coast the worst affected.

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived a

Ipswich trolley buses in the snow of late February 1958. This photograph was taken as they arrived at the Tower Ramparts bus station.

Difficult conditions for pedestrians and motorists on Henley Road, Ipswich in January 1987. (Photo b

Difficult conditions for pedestrians and motorists on Henley Road, Ipswich in January 1987. (Photo by Richard Snasdell/Archant)

Who were these girls who built their own igloo in Ipswich in January 1987? (Photo by Ivan Smith/Arch

Who were these girls who built their own igloo in Ipswich in January 1987? (Photo by Ivan Smith/Archant).

Difficult driving conditions at Holbrook in 1987. Many places in Suffolk failed to see the temperatu

Difficult driving conditions at Holbrook in 1987. Many places in Suffolk failed to see the temperature rise above -8c on Monday, January 12. (Photo by Owen Hines/Archant).

Delivering milk was hard work after the havey snow fall of 1991 - this was taken in Holbrook

Delivering milk was hard work after the havey snow fall of 1991 - this was taken in Holbrook

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