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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

Work to demolish the two floors of unused shop units at Greyfriars facing Princes Street in February 1984. The roundabout in the foreground had a Chinese restaurant and later a nightclub in the centre with access via the underpass. The roundabout and underpasses have been removed in recent years. (Photo by Tony Ray/Archant)

Work to demolish the two floors of unused shop units at Greyfriars facing Princes Street in February 1984. The roundabout in the foreground had a Chinese restaurant and later a nightclub in the centre with access via the underpass. The roundabout and underpasses have been removed in recent years. (Photo by Tony Ray/Archant)

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Few would argue that the Greyfriars development in Ipswich was a good idea, writes David Kindred.

The Princes Street roundabout and pedestrian underpasses being built in May 1965. This picture was taken from St Francis Tower.The Princes Street roundabout and pedestrian underpasses being built in May 1965. This picture was taken from St Francis Tower.

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.

See our gallery for more photos from this area of town.

Did you live in any of the streets demolished to build the Greyfriars complex or do have memories of the few shops that managed to trade from there? Send us an email with your memories and any photos you may have of the area

See more from Kindred Spirits here


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