It's sure to upset Grandma!

GRANDMA must be very grumpy, Vera would probably need to take some pills and the children are no doubt playing up!

David Kindred

GRANDMA must be very grumpy, Vera would probably need to take some pills and the children are no doubt playing up!

The statue of Carl Giles characters has been lifted from the junction of Princes Street, Queen Street and the Buttermarket in Ipswich, while work is in progress to redevelop the junction at a cost of �650,000.

The area is now referred to as “Giles Circus” and normally featuring the statue, in tribute to the famous cartoonist. The characters look towards Carl Giles' former studio at the junction of the Buttermarket and Queen Street.


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There was a time before the Second World War when the junction was called “Cheapside”.

The work to alter the junction is little to the changes made there to accommodate the arrival of electric trams, which came into service in 1903.

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The junction, like several streets in the town centre, was too narrow for the tracks and buildings were cleared to make way for the new service.

The junction has continued to change over the decades. I have taken a look at photographs in my archive capturing some of the changes.

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