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Days Gone By: From hospital to care home, the history of Anglesea Heights

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 April 2018

Anglesea Heights from the air in June 1992. The original Victorian hospital building is left of centre. Ivry Street is on the left. Anglesea Road runs from the bottom of the picture to the junction with Henley Road. Picture: OWEN HINES

Anglesea Heights from the air in June 1992. The original Victorian hospital building is left of centre. Ivry Street is on the left. Anglesea Road runs from the bottom of the picture to the junction with Henley Road. Picture: OWEN HINES

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In February it was announced that the Bupa care home, Anglesea Heights, Ipswich, was to close.

The entrance to Anglesea Road Hospital in the 1960s. The original two storey building, with its four columns, had a floor added in 1869. This photograph was taken from Berners Street. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE 
The entrance to Anglesea Road Hospital in the 1960s. The original two storey building, with its four columns, had a floor added in 1869. This photograph was taken from Berners Street. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

The care home opened in 1991 after extensive alteration to the former hospital site, which had been there for over 150 years.

Anglesea Road Hospital opened in August 1836 with 50 beds, after £2,500 was raised by the public.

A third storey was added to the building in 1869 and a children’s wing was built in 1875 as a memorial to John Cobbold, the MP for Ipswich.

Over the years the Anglesea Road Hospital expanded covering much of the site between Henley Road and Warrington Road.

The original Anglesea Road Hospital in a photograph taken in the 1850s, from a building at the top of Berners Street, by Ipswich pharmacist John Wiggin, a pioneering photographer, one of the first taking photographs in Ipswich. Picture: JOHN WIGGINThe original Anglesea Road Hospital in a photograph taken in the 1850s, from a building at the top of Berners Street, by Ipswich pharmacist John Wiggin, a pioneering photographer, one of the first taking photographs in Ipswich. Picture: JOHN WIGGIN

The site was a problem with difficult access for accident emergency arrivals in Ivry Street and very limited parking for staff, outpatients and visitors.

Over several years wards and services were moved from ‘Ipswich Hospital, Anglesea Road Wing’ to the Heath Road Hospital.

By 1988 all services had moved to Heath Road and most of the Anglesea Road site was demolished, but the original building, with its four columns around the front door, was retained. New buildings were constructed around the original Victorian site.

Do you have memories of the site when it was a hospital?

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL 

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail info@kindred-spirit.co.uk.

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL 

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL 

Demolition work at the former Anglesea Road, Ipswich hospital site in February 1988. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Landscaped gardens greeted visitors to the Anglesea Road, Ipswich, hospital, when this photograph was taken in the early years of the twentieth century. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVELandscaped gardens greeted visitors to the Anglesea Road, Ipswich, hospital, when this photograph was taken in the early years of the twentieth century. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

Nurse Cole was about to retire after 44 years service when this photograph was taken in the grounds of Anglesea Road Hospital, Ipswich, in December 1963. Did you work with Nurse Cole or wear a uniform like hers? Picture: DAVID KINDREDNurse Cole was about to retire after 44 years service when this photograph was taken in the grounds of Anglesea Road Hospital, Ipswich, in December 1963. Did you work with Nurse Cole or wear a uniform like hers? Picture: DAVID KINDRED

A new accident and emergency department opened at Anglesea Road, Ipswich, hospital in 1967. This was the entrance in Ivry Street. Did you ever visit there? Picture: IVAN SMITHA new accident and emergency department opened at Anglesea Road, Ipswich, hospital in 1967. This was the entrance in Ivry Street. Did you ever visit there? Picture: IVAN SMITH

Staff in the new accident and emergency department at Anglesea Road Hospital, Ipswich, in 1967. Picture: IVAN SMITH
Staff in the new accident and emergency department at Anglesea Road Hospital, Ipswich, in 1967. Picture: IVAN SMITH

Staff in the new accident and emergency department at Anglesea Road Hospital, Ipswich, in 1967. Picture: IVAN SMITH
Staff in the new accident and emergency department at Anglesea Road Hospital, Ipswich, in 1967. Picture: IVAN SMITH

Were you one of the student radiographers photographed at Anglesea Road, Ipswich, hospital, in December 1963. Picture: IAN MCGRATHWere you one of the student radiographers photographed at Anglesea Road, Ipswich, hospital, in December 1963. Picture: IAN MCGRATH


Were you one of the student radiographers photographed at Anglesea Road, Ipswich Hospital, in December 1963. Picture: IAN MCGRATH 

Were you one of the student radiographers photographed at Anglesea Road, Ipswich Hospital, in December 1963. Picture: IAN MCGRATH


Were you one of the student radiographers photographed at Anglesea Road, Ipswich Hospital, in December 1963. Picture: IAN MCGARTH 

Were you one of the student radiographers photographed at Anglesea Road, Ipswich Hospital, in December 1963. Picture: IAN MCGARTH


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