How did Ipswich cope as its population multiplied in the 1920s and 30s? David Kindred takes a look
Photographer David Kindred has been looking back at the development of Ipswich, and how whole council estates were created to house the growing population.
Here he tells us more.
Ipswich’s population had grown. In 1841 it was 25,264, it had more than doubled to 57,081 by 1891, and by 1932 it was almost 90,000.
To provide housing to replace slums in the town centre the town expanded with new council housing in the 1920 and 30s, including along the Nacton Road, when housing was built between Felixstowe Road and Nacton Road.Much of the site had been a horse racing course between 1710 and 1911 and part of the area became known as “Racecourse”.
The town’s trolley bus service was extended to the new airport, which was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in June 1930, where Ravenswood is now.
In this edition of Kindred Spirits I have found photographs of the area, some happy, some very sad.
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See more photographic memories from David Kindred here