Gallery: Kindred Spirits looks at the unused and unloved Greyfriars in Ipswich town centre
PUBLISHED: 13:21 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:21 13 July 2015
Few would argue that the Greyfriars development in Ipswich was a good idea, writes David Kindred.
The brutal grey, concrete box design was built in the mid 1960s on the site of small streets of terraced housing, shops and part of the cattle market occupied by Spurling and Hempson.
Work started on the site in 1964 with a car park, shopping units, flats and offices all being built with the vision that traders and shoppers would move to the Princes Street site. Few did, there was just a supermarket, boutique and a bank. The market was moved from the Corn Exchange, but this was a disaster for traders. In the 1970s Tracey’s nightclub operated from there.
In the mid 1980s Willis Faber and Dumas (now Willis) took over much of the site and the empty, unused and unfitted shopping units facing the Princes Street roundabout were demolished.
The area was landscaped, softening the look of the harsh architecture.
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In the centre of the Greyfriars development was this raised restaurant block. This picture was taken in February 1966. It was demolished around twenty years later unused. (Photo by Ian McGrath/Archant).
Do you know either of these men working on top of St Francis Tower at Greyfriars in October 1965. (Photo by Tony Ray/Archant).
Civic Drive and the Princes Street roundabout were under construction when this photograph was taken from Greyfriars in February 1966. (Photo by Colin Macer/Archant)
The Franciscan Tower block of flats under construction as the buildings in the foreground were waiting for demolition in 1965.
Livestock was a familiar site to those living in the houses demolished to build Greyfriars. This picture was taken in January 1962 on market day at Spurling and HempsonÕs. Do you remember market day?
Princes Street, Ipswich in September 1960s. All of the buildings featured were demolished in preparation for the building of Greyfriars, including from the right LatimerÕs Garage, The Friars Inn at the corner of Portman Street, Percy Crickmer watch repairer, R Reeve newsagents and The Rising Sun public house at the corner of James Street. The Princes Street/Civic Drive junction is now in the background of this view.
June 1966 and Greyfriars was nearing completion. The football ground is top right. The new road system was then a dual carrigeway to a T-junction with St Nicholas Street, centre foreground. (Photo Tony Ray/Archant)
A police officer dealing with an accident in Cecilia Street, Ipswich in October 1952. Cecilia Street was one of the streets of terraced houses off Princes Street, which was demolished when the area was redeveloped in the mid 1960Õs for the Greyfriars complex to be built.
Some of the houses of Cromwell Street had been demolished in preparation for the building of Franciscan Way in December 1964. Franciscan tower is under construction in the background. The shop on the left being demolished was LeckenbyÕs outfitters at the corner of St Nicholas Street. This area is now Cromwell Square car park. (Photo by Alan Valentine).
This 1950s aerial view features in the centre the part of Ipswich that was demolished to clear the site for Greyfriars. Portman Road is on the left and Princes Street runs diagonally across the picture. The houses of James Street, Portman Street, Edgar Street, Cardinal Street and Priory Street were demolished. Did you live there? Write to Kindred Spirits, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The nightclub in the centre of the Princes Street roundabout was demolished in February 1987. (Photo by David Kindred/Archant).
Demolition of the interior of the nightclub in the centre of the Princes Street, Ipswich, roundabout in February 1987. Access was from the pedestrian underpass. (Photo by David Kindred/Archant).
Demolition work at Greyfriars in January 1984. (Photo by David Kindred/Archant).
The block used by TraceyÕs nightclub being demolished at Greyfriars in February 1984. (Photo by Tony Ray/Archant).
The stark architecture of Greyfriars in February 1966. (Photo by Ian McGrath/Archant).
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