Days Gone By: 70 years of development in south-west Ipswich

The Chantry estate, Ipswich, is in the top of this aerial view taken from over the A14 Ipswich by-pa

The Chantry estate, Ipswich, is in the top of this aerial view taken from over the A14 Ipswich by-pass in June 1992. Belmont Road runs through the left corner of the picture Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: OWEN HINES

Pictures of Chantry school and Chantry infants from 1977 are included in David Kindred’s Days Gone By gallery this week.

Do you know anybody wearing some splendid 70s flares in the picture taken at Chantry School in March

Do you know anybody wearing some splendid 70s flares in the picture taken at Chantry School in March 1977? Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

The Chantry, Stoke Park, Belstead Hills and Maidenhall developments of Ipswich, were built on land on the south-west side of Ipswich, over the past 70 years or so.

Maidenhall and Chantry is mostly a 1950s development, Stoke Park was built in the 60s, Belstead Hills and Pinewood are more recent.

Learning about the latest computer technology at Stoke High School, Ipswich, in 1982 Picture: IVAN S

Learning about the latest computer technology at Stoke High School, Ipswich, in 1982 Picture: IVAN SMITH - Credit: IVAN SMITH

Today I have taken a look back with pictures of the area. Many of the children who grew up here attended Chantry Infants and Junior School and went on to Chantry and Stoke High Schools.

The Stoke Park shopping area, which included the Harlequin (later Harleys) public house, was replaced around 10 years ago with an Asda store.

Learning about the latest computer technology at Stoke High School, Ipswich, in 1982 Picture: IVAN S

Learning about the latest computer technology at Stoke High School, Ipswich, in 1982 Picture: IVAN SMITH - Credit: IVAN SMITH


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Did you grow up in this south-west corner of Ipswich, or can you name anybody featured? Were you a pupil at other schools in the area, which have mostly been renamed, such as Sprites Lane, Downing, Gusford, Luther Road or Halifax?

Nigel Crisp sent in his memories of the building that is now the Castle Hill Community Centre in Highfield Road, Ipswich, after a photo I featured recently.

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from o

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from over forty years ago Picture: PAUL NIXON - Credit: PAUL NIXON

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He said: “After seeing memories of a former ‘Gentleman’s Residence’ it rekindled memories of my time growing up in Brooke House, which was situated off Henley Road, then as Castle Hill grew Epsom Drive.

“When I lived there it was an nursing home run by Mrs Harris and my mother was a nurse there. We lived in staff quarters. It closed down around 1971 and was demolished, we then moved to Maidenhall estate.

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from o

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from over forty years ago Picture: PAUL NIXON - Credit: PAUL NIXON

“Unfortunately I have no pictures of the house, but from some research I believe it was owned by Frederick Fish, a prominent businessman and Mayor of Ipswich, then by Ernest St George Cobbold and Col. John Usborne. After this it was a preparatory school run by Frederick John Cawthorne.

“Then Mrs Harris took over with her husband William who was an artist. Any information or pictures of the house would be appreciated.”

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from o

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from over forty years ago Pictures: PAUL NIXON - Credit: PAUL NIXON

Do you have any photographs of Brooke House, Ipswich? Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail info@kindred-spirit.co.uk

To submit a letter, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail info@kindred-spirit.co.uk

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from o

Lessons at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977. Are you in any of the photographs from over forty years ago Picture: PAUL NIXON - Credit: PAUL NIXON

Young pupils keeping fit at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977 Picture: PAUL NIXON

Young pupils keeping fit at Chantry Infants School, Ipswich, in April 1977 Picture: PAUL NIXON - Credit: PAUL NIXON

Stoke Park Drive is across the bottom of this picture from June 1992. The curve of Fountains Road is

Stoke Park Drive is across the bottom of this picture from June 1992. The curve of Fountains Road is at the top Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: OWEN HINES

The Harlequin (also named Harleys) public house and the shopping complex off Stoke Park Drive, Ipsw

The Harlequin (also named Harleys) public house and the shopping complex off Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich, opened in 1970 and was replaced by an Asda store around 10 years ago Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: DAVID KINDRED

It was typing lessons for the girls and car mechanics for the boys at Chantry School in March 1977 P

It was typing lessons for the girls and car mechanics for the boys at Chantry School in March 1977 Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

It was typing lessons for the girls and car mechanics for the boys at Chantry School in March 1977

It was typing lessons for the girls and car mechanics for the boys at Chantry School in March 1977 Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

An art class at Chantry School, Ipswich, in March 1977 Picture: JERRY TURNER

An art class at Chantry School, Ipswich, in March 1977 Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

What was going on here? Pupils at Chantry School in March 1977 Picture: JERRY TURNER

What was going on here? Pupils at Chantry School in March 1977 Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

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