Gallery: The landmarks in Ipswich and Felixstowe that have changed beyond recognition in the span of a lifetime
PUBLISHED: 10:42 30 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:42 30 December 2014
There are some sights in Ipswich that remain unchanged for hundreds of year - but other buildings have changed completely, or even disappeared since the 1950s and 60s, as David Kindred has been discovering.
He said: “I have visited a few sites in the Star’s area to see how they have changed from photographs taken decades ago.
“Several of the photographs were taken by enthusiastic amateur photographer Jack Keen of Wallace Road, who enjoyed recording the changes to Ipswich mostly in the 1950s and 60s.
“Most have changed almost beyond recognition many in the span of a lifetime.”
See the changes for yourself in our gallery.
Ipswich and Felixstowe landmarks - David Kindred
Crown Street, Ipswich, from near the junction with High Street, in the early 1960s. The buildings on the right were demolished and the road made into a duel carriageway. Businesses from the right included; T Rumseys hairdressers, Nevilles newsagents, S Blumfield confectioner, Newsteads bakeries, Hubbards toy dealers and E Aldridge sports outfitters. At the junction of St Georges Street and St Matthews Street was the Rainbow public house. It seems there was a lot less health and safety in the 1960s for the men on the left repairing the road. (Photo by Jack Keen)
The same view of Crown Street, Ipswich now.
The walkway from Undercliff Road West and Lincoln Terrace as it is now. The only clue to its former glory is the round flower bed in the foreground.
Snow Hill, Felixstowe, in a post-card view from in around 1905. This landscaped walk connected Undercliff Road West and Lincoln Terrace.
The Empress Skating Rink at the junction of Portman Road and Portman Walk (now Sir Alf Ramsey Way) Ipswich in 1919. When the rink opened in July 1919 it attracted a crowd of thousands. The building was used by J Harvey Ltd clothing factory and was demolished in the mid 1960s. Did you work at the clothing factory?
The junction of Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey as it is now.
Elegantly dressed Edwardians walking in the Spa Gardens at Felixstowe in around 1906. In the top left corner is the Felix Hotel, which opened in 1903. It had 250 bedrooms and was sold to the Great Eastern Railway Company in 1919. It became Harvest House, offices to Fisons. The building is now converted to residential use.
A similar view today with the same building top left.
The Temperance Hall was built in 1840, at the corner of Crown Street and High Street, by the Ipswich Temperance Movement and paid for by Ipswich Quaker banker Richard Dykes Alexander. Drukenness was a problem in Ipswich in the Victorian period. It became George Abbots Crown Iron works by 1890. It was demolished soon after this photograph was taken in 1963. (Photo by Jack Keen)
The Scrutton Bland Group Accountants, Tax Advisers, Insurance Brokers and Independent Financial Advisers now occupy the office block built on the site of the Crown Iron works.
Part of the yachting pond at Felixstowe has been converted to a go-kart track.
The model yachting pond at Felixstowe around a century ago. Do you have memories of this feature of the sea front?
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See more of David Kindred’s photographic memories here