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Gallery: Kindred Spirits - the 1960s housing estate built between Claydon and Barham

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 June 2015

The Crown public house, Claydon is on the right of this photograph from the early years of the twentieth century.

The Crown public house, Claydon is on the right of this photograph from the early years of the twentieth century.

Dave Kindred

Claydon was a small village built around the junction of roads from Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich, writes David Kindred as he looks back at the history of this area.

Claydon and Barham expanded in the 1960s when the housing development, featured in the foreground of this photograph from the 1970s, was built. (Photo  by Jim Empson)Claydon and Barham expanded in the 1960s when the housing development, featured in the foreground of this photograph from the 1970s, was built. (Photo by Jim Empson)

There were two coaching inns at this focal point for travellers, the Greyhound and the Crown.

Barges carried trade on the River Gipping and one of the 15 locks between Ipswich and Stowmarket was here when navigation on the river opened in 1793.

A big expansion of the village came in the 1960s when a large housing estate was built between Church Lane, Claydon, and Church Lane, Barham, bringing hundreds of new residents to the village.

The housing development is featured in the foreground of this photograph from the 1970s. Thornhill Road runs across the bottom of the picture. The A14 is across the centre and the cement works at Great Blakenham is in the background. (Photo by Jim Empson)

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There was a large cement works close to the village, now closed, often referred to as “Claydon cement works” but it was actually in the neighbouring parish of Great Blakenham.

The medieval parish church of St Peter’s was declared redundant in 1977 and St Mary’s Church at Barham was renamed St Mary and St Peter to serve the combined community.

Did you grow up in the village and have memories to share. Were you a pupil at the village schools? Send your memories via email to David Kindred


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