Gallery: Photos from Kindred Spirits help reignite memories of old Ipswich


Reg Cave at the brewery in 1974.

Reg Cave at the brewery in 1974.

In recents days and weeks, David Kindred has been inundated with letters from those who have spotted a photo in Kindred Spirits which reminded them of years gone by.

Tracey Downard said of a photo from The Tolly Cobbold brewery: “My grandad, Reginald Cave (Reg), is on the right in the picture titled ‘checking the brew’ taken in 1974. He lived on Hawthorn Drive in Ipswich and was married to Hilda Cave, my nanna.”

The Tolly Cobbold brewery featured recently.

While Chris Studd recognised this photo from the 1970s. It was taken at the Suffolk Punch public house in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

He said: “It was good to see the picture of Tony Pink and his family in Kindred Spirits.

“Prior to Tony becoming landlord of the Suffolk Punch he was my foreman at M.D Thorp on Norwich Road. I started work as an apprentice motor mechanic at Thorps in 1959 straight after leaving school. Myself and others who were young at the time would often be on the receiving end of the tricks and jokes Tony would play on us.

“At that time Tony lived in Cromer Road along with his wife Barbara, where they raised their family of several boys and one girl, always polite and well mannered. Tony was also an excellent darts player. Happy memories indeed.”

Holywells Park, Ipswich, has had millions of pounds spent on refurbishment and we showed how it had changed.

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Peter Turtill said: “I met my wife there and visited it every day when I was growing up. I would be over there at night when it was locked up and of course in and out of the mansion which had a wonderful ballroom.

“We used to climb into the barn that fell down in a storm one night and of course we went scrumping in Woods Farm where the Cliff Lane Residential Care Home is now. We would ride his horses and generally be a nuisance I am afraid.

“We knew of underground workings and had our own names for every part of the park. We used different names for parts of the park than others used so anyone overhearing us wouldn’t know where we were actually referring too.

“I remember an otter pack being brought in to hunt for an otter and of course I remember the ‘plane crashing through the park into Myrtle Road.

“It was to me the most wonderful place in the world and I am very grateful to have had the run of it. I got up to mischief there alright, but not the sort of mischief I could have got up to if the park hadn’t been there. Your wonderful photographs bring back special memories for my wife and I.”

Lynne Langdon sent her own photos of the mansion and said: “In one of the photos is my grandfather, Oliver Thomas Scrivener, born 1896, his wife Ethel, born 1899, my father, John Oliver Scrivener, born 1926 and June, born 1935.

“On the second photo is Ethel Scrivener, Joyce, born 1921, John and June.

“I think the photo may have been taken in the summer of 1936, they lived in Badshah Avenue. Oliver work at Tolly Cobbold as a clerk (I do not know which years).

“Charles Syrett, who was married to Oliver’s sister, Alice Elvina, was employed by the Cobbold family as a chauffeur and domestic, they lived at Cliff View, Cliff Road. On his war record there is a letter of reference from the brewery, signed R Toller, Cobbold & Co. I have been researching the Scrivener family tree and they grew up in Woodhouse Street in and around ‘The Potteries’ area of Ipswich.”

Ray Gill, 69, said: “I used to live in Clapgate Lane. I remember Mr Thorpe being my teacher at Cliff Lane School, I was there from 1950 to 1956. I used to go into the Holywells Park nearly every lunchtime and had to rush home for lunch before getting back to school in the afternoons and probably late some times. I must have spent hundreds of hours in there, hide and seek in the bamboo, down by the pool and ‘Cowboys and Indians’ in the woods, happy days.

“It’s been a few years now since going into the park, the feature brought back some memories, I think the last time was to play bowls. I have lived in Haughley since 1978.

I don’t think generally the park has changed much over all that time, it was like going back through a time warp.

“I must try and go back to see the refurbishments some time.”

A photo from the Ransomes and Rapier’s engineering works in Ipswich sparked memories for Neville Heath/

“What a surprise when I saw the photograph of a group of “Rapier” ladies in Kindred Spirits. One of which at the time had just become my wife. We were married in December 1956. Sheila was 21 and I was only 20. Sadly Sheila died just over two years ago after 56 very happy years.

“We had a son and daughter who produced eight grandchildren and I now have nine great grandchildren, with another one on the way. We have always been a close family and they have been a great comfort to me now I am on my own.

“I remember all the people in the photo - one person missing was Margaret Talbot (now Fletcher). Many thanks for my happy/sad trip down memory lane.” Names have been added to the group of young drinkers at the Belstead Arms.

We asked if you knew who was in a photo taken at an Ipswich pub and Paul Hayward said: “I think the lads drinking at the Belstead Arms are members of the pub’s football team. The two boys on the right of the photograph are possibly Paul Lazarus and Chris Bere who I played with in the late 1970s at Heathfield FC.”

Kindred Spirits reader Michael Parkin asked recently if anybody could remember an aircraft crash close to The Grove, Henley Road, in 1945.

And Mr B J Thurkettle, Nacton said: “In reply to Mr Parkin about the P51 Mustang aircraft crash. I lived in Spencer Road on the Whitton Estate.

“I was walking along Spencer Road, opposite Thackery Road, when I heard an awful noise. I looked up and saw this Mustang twisting and turning out of control over the Whitton estate.

“I watched it until it disappeared. I then saw a plume of black smoke appear. I was nine years old and knew a lot about makes of ‘planes. I and a couple of mates went over the next day to have a look. It had crashed in a field just over the Henley Road, alongside the railway lines.”

Sharing his memories, Mr Wyatt said: “The photograph of Pratt’s store in Princes Street, Ipswich, brought back memories of when I had just left school and started working in the 1950s. My father, Mr Hood, was manager of Carter Petterson, who had an office opposite Pratt’s. He was very friendly with Mr Godfrey who worked there.

“Dad introduced me to him, he was a lovely man and I soon became a regular customer. I did not have to pay for clothes outright as I joined their club and paid weekly. I continued to do so for many years.”

Vintage photographs of Sproughton featured in Kindred Spirits recently and Geoff Ford, of Ipswich, said: “The photograph of the churchyard includes the house where my grandfather was born in 1859. The photograph of Lower Street includes my mother’s home (the second house from the blacksmith).

“Charles Mee’s post office was where my grandparents drew their pension.

“There were four shops in Sproughton in 1939. Charles Mee in Lower Street, Stonham, and Harpers in Upper Street and Day’s on Broomfield Common.”

Albert Goodchild is appealing for help finding old photos.

“As an apprentice with eastern electricity, I worked in Cranfield’s flour mill when the steam engines which powered the mills machinery converted to large electric motors in the early 50s,” he said.

“I worked with Mr Eddie Hard the electrician. Does anybody have photos of the steam engines working the mill machinery? I wish I had taken photos myself. The steam engine attendants worked on a rota system. The mill floors had a conveyor belt system with steps so the millers could travel from one floor to another. There was not much health and safety in those days.”

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