Days Gone By – Looking back at Bishop’s Hill and Fore Hamlet
- Credit: ALAN VALENTINE
Bishop’s Hill and Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, is a busy route to and from the east side of town.
The former gets its name from centuries ago, when the Bishop of Norwich had a residence in what is now Holywells Park.
He lived there when his duties brought him to Suffolk.
The building was where the children’s play area is now.
It overlooked open countryside from around the 13th Century to the time of Henry VIII, when the church was deprived of it. The moat to the building is still there, surrounding the play area.
In Victorian times the area saw hundreds of tiny houses and streets built around Bishop’s Hill, as former agricultural workers from out of town moved to find work at Ipswich engineering companies like Ransomes Sims and Jefferies, who occupied the site from the dock to Back Hamlet.
In today’s Days Gone By I have looked at changes to the area of Bishop’s Hill and Fore Hamlet, where today thousands of vehicles pass through every hour.
- 1 First look inside Ipswich's new Tim Hortons ahead of opening
- 2 Woman who claimed council tax support had income of £100k per year
- 3 ‘I’ve got no life’ - Ipswich woman's agony as she waits for operation
- 4 Star Suffolk breakfast blogger reveals her favourite food around Ipswich
- 5 Drug dealer found with cannabis, 133 tablets and cash jailed
- 6 Open day for Ipswich pub on sale for £300,000
- 7 Ladies night event in Kesgrave with strippers sold-out in five days
- 8 Lorry overturned on roundabout closes A14 near Felixstowe
- 9 Aldi chocolate and yoghurts containing metal among recent recalled products
- 10 Man with learning difficulties will not go to prison for sex offence
Do any of the photographs featured bring memories for you?
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