Days Gone By: Journey through time in the history of St Margaret’s Plain and beyond
William Lovell was the chief librarian with the East Anglian Daily Times Company for several decades.
He was a keen amateur photographer and many of his photographs were published in the companies newspapers and the East Anglian Magazine.
In this week’s Days Gone By I have featured some of his photographs of Ipswich. Many of the scenes are instantly recognisable, others feature buildings now altered or demolished.
Also featured are readers memories prompted by earlier Days Gone By features on Anglesea Road Hospital and the Suffolk College.
Sue Garwood emailed in her memories of The Anglesea Road, Ipswich Hospital: “I did my nurses training there 1969-72. I wore the lilac dress with starched hat, collar and apron and had a scarlet-lined, navy cape worn when walking from Norton House to duty in the hospital. Happy days, looking like ancient history now. I did placements on every ward there over my three years, as we all did in those days.”
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The Suffolk College featured in a recent Days Gone By, Michael Revell sent this in: The area around Rope Walk where it was built was cleared of poor housing and businesses in the 1930s and the college, then called the Civic College, was opened by the Queen in 1961.
I can remember that area in the 50s as it looked in one of the pictures, and seeing the college (which I eventually attended) being built later on whilst riding in my father’s lorry.
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For a time during the 1930s my father worked for Ipswich Borough Council and worked on demolishing the properties and clearing that area. His abiding memories of that job were that it seemed every other building was a pub and many rats. There were thousands of them, people brought dogs to tackle the rats, but they overwhelmed the dogs, which didn’t know way to turn.
Although my father worked for the council, he did not live in Ipswich, he lived in Cratfield.
Every Monday morning he left home early and cycled nearly 40 miles to start work in Ipswich at seven o’clock, he lodged in Ipswich Monday through to Thursday and then on Friday evening, after finishing work, he cycled home. Different days!
Do you have memories you would like to share with readers? To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org