More memories of bomb near Custom House

IN a recent Kindred Spirits I featured the childhood memories of Criss Gyford who grew up at his parents' shop in Fore Street, Ipswich.

David Kindred

IN a recent Kindred Spirits I featured the childhood memories of Criss Gyford who grew up at his parents' shop in Fore Street, Ipswich.

Criss was born in 1901 and recorded his memories for future generations to enjoy. Criss recalled the day in March 1916 when, during World War One, the crew of a German Zeppelin dropped a bomb on Key Street, Ipswich. Criss was also a pupil at Smart Street School and a regular visitor to Pool's Picture Palace in Tower Street, Ipswich.

Jeff Jay, of Meeting Lane, Grundisburgh, said: “I too went to Smart Street School. I started there in 1930 as I was born and brought up in Pleasant Row next to the school. I know of the bomb near the Custom House in 1916. I had an older brother who witnessed this and he told me about the damage to the Custom House clock.


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“The three clock faces on the town side had to be replaced and the fourth face still bears the scars of the bombing raid. I too have some happy memories of Pools Picture Palace in Tower Street, which is now the Old Rep bar. I loved your photograph of Stoke Bathing Place. I remember having a paddle there when my brothers were having a swim. At the end of New Cut near the lock gates was the 'Umbrella' near where the Ipswich Regatta was held. They really were the days! Please keep publishing the old photos of yesteryear, they are a tonic to us oldies.”

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