Gallery: David Kindred looks back at Woolworths and the other shops we loved and lost in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 13:19 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:00 10 December 2014
With the annual Christmas dash around the shops well under way I have found photographs to remind us of some of the stores in the centre of Ipswich from our past.
Kindred Spirits - Shops
Jan 1970 Underwood and Son Ltd Boot and Shoe Factors, Sundriesmen, Cycle, Baby Carriage, Toy Retailers and Ironmongery were at 34-40 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. This photograph was taken from Prices Boot Store as Underwoods shop was being demolished in January 1970 to be replaced by Sainsburys and a C and A store (now Wilkinsons). Avis Cooks television and radio shop is on the right. (Photo by Ivan Smith/Archant)
Cowells W C Cowells store in the Buttermarket was due for demolition soon after this photograph was taken in the late 1980s. The store sold furniture and also had a popular toy department in the basement. The site is now part of the Buttermarket Shopping Centre. (Photo by Charlie Girling)
Footman pretty The Lloyds Avenue entrance to Footman Prettys store. Items available at Footmans included carpets, furniture, fashions, white goods and food, including a bakery. The building was demolished in the late 1970s and replaced with a new store, which is now Debenhams.
Tavern Tavern Street in the mid 1960s with Milletts outfitters on the corner of Upper Brook Street. Croydons jewellers is on the left of the street. The sign for J and J Edwards outfitters is on the right.
Tavern Street 1965 Tavern Street looking towards the Cornhill in the mid 1960s. Frederick Corder and Sons department store on the left had entrances in the Buttermarket and Tavern Street, also featured is Grimwade and Son on the Cornhill. On the right of the street is Richards ladies outfitters, Joe Lions restaurant, Stead and Simpson shoe shop and Timothy Whites Household Store. The entrance to the Tower Ramparts Shopping centre is now on the right of this view. (Photo by Terry Neeves)
Ipswich Arrows The Cornhill with Grimwade and Son clothes store on the left. Footmans store is on the right in Westgate Street. This photograph was taken in the 1950s.
Corders girls Who were these two young ladies showing off the latest fashions on the roof of Corders Ipswich store in November 1974 (Photo Ivan Smith/Archant)
Carr Street Sept 1990 Woolworths Carr Street store in 1990. The site now includes a Pound Shop. Other shops in this view are Dewhursts butchers, Tandy electrical and the Co-op.
Carr 64 Carr Street in 1964 from near the junction with Northgate Street. The shops on the right included Heppels chemist, Laveys outfitters, Hawkins and Son cotton goods, MacFisheries, Woolworths and the Co-op. Many of the shops featured were there decades after this photograph was taken.
Westgate Street, Ipswich - Christmas 1964. The decorations made by Irvine Martin Plastics of Martlesham. The company then also made the lights for Oxford Street, London. The red and white stars were a feature of the Ipswich town centre for several years. The town centre was then open to traffic and parking. The shops featured include (on the left) Smith and Son cleaners, Paige Gowns Ltd, W. H. Smith stationers, Oriental Cafe and G A Dunn hatters and Fine Fare supermarket. On the right was J.F. Stone radio and electrical good and John Collier tailors.
Fore Street 1961 H and R Sneezums Fore Street shop is on the right of this 1961 view. They were gunsmiths, and photographic dealers. The shop traded for many years after this photograph was taken
Ipswich 78 An aerial view of the Ipswich town centre taken in 1978. The Footmans/Debenhams store (centre right) was being rebuilt. The huge William Pretty clothing factory, where thousands once worked, is just above the building site. This was partly demolished in 1983 and completely cleared in 1987 and is now a car park. The Town Hall and Corn Exchange are at the bottom. (Photo by Jim Empson)
Ridleys Ridleys, Tavern Street was an upmarket mens outfitters with a barbers shop and restaurant in the basement. This photograph was taken in the mid 1960s (Photo by Terry Neeves)
Felaw 70 The dramatic blaze at the Ipswich Maltings Company premises in 1970. (Photo by Alan Valentine.
Martin and Newby 2 Martin and Newbys shop in Fore Street was established in 1873 and closed in 2004. The shop extended into Orwell Place. They stocked ironmongery, electrical, gardening items and tools. It was a shop where you could buy a single tiny screw or bolt and there was always an expert member of staff on hand. (Photo by David Miller)
Taket St 1965. Tacket Street in 1965. Businesses featured include D J Witherley radio and television engineers, Deeks and Seager butchers, George Browns house furnishers. On the right is Hawes and Son clothiers. The buildings on the right were demolished then the road was widened. (Photo by Terry Neeves)
St Mats St Matthews Street in the mid 1960s. W and J Smiths Albion House were Drapers and House Furnishers. Also featured are Bowhill Elliotts shoe shop and Whitelaws Ltd drapers. This photograph was taken from the junction with Westgate Street. Lady Lane is off to the left.
Most of the pictures were taken before giant superstores opened on the edge of town the internet was beyond imagination. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sounded like something from science fiction.
Gone are names like: Corders, Cowells, Martin and Newby, J. H. Grimwade and Son, Woolworths, Croydons, Edwards and Ridleys.