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Kindred Spirits: Ipswich now and then - see how key town centre scenes have changed with our transition photos

PUBLISHED: 09:55 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 April 2015

Fore Street, Ipswich, in the mid 1890s

Fore Street, Ipswich, in the mid 1890s

Dave Kindred

Photographer and history enthusiast David Kindred has been re-photographing historic scenes in Ipswich town centre to show how much the street scape has changed over the last century.

Fore Street as it looks now with the sixteenth century building restored and the 1960s display windows removed.
Fore Street as it looks now with the sixteenth century building restored and the 1960s display windows removed.

He said: “I got as close to the same position as traffic and new buildings allow.”

Here we show how Fore Street has developed - the impressive building on the left is thought to date from 1588.

Originally a house, it was being used by Tollemache Wine and Spirits Merchants when the older photograph was taken.

Sneezum’s were then operating as pawnbrokers and clothiers on both sides of the street.

And David’s new photo shows the building still looks the same but those around it have changed.

See our transitional images showing of how Ipswich has change here.

He added: “The dock area of Ipswich has not only seen many of the buildings replaced, but when it was photographed in 1965 it was a busy port with grain arriving at R and W Pauls and Cranfield Brothers, coal for the gas works and Ransomes Sims and Jefferies exporting agricultural machinery from their Orwell Works on the quayside.

“Now it is mostly leisure and residential with the university building on the site of the Eastern Counties Farmers silo near Coprolite Street.

“Shopping in the town centre has also changed and some of the small specialist shops, like drapers, china dealers and tea stores, have gone.

Are there any buildings featured this week that bring back memories for you? Email David with your memories

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