Days Gone By - The people of London Road and Bramford Road over the last 100 years

The youngster in the background of this photograph in July 1976 seems to have taken the fashion of f

The youngster in the background of this photograph in July 1976 seems to have taken the fashion of flared trousers to the extreme. Picture by Jerry Turner. - Credit: Archant

This week photographer David Kindred has sourced pictures of the changes in London Road and Bramford Road.

There was plenty of parking for residents and visitors when these photographs were taken in July 197

There was plenty of parking for residents and visitors when these photographs were taken in July 1976. Picture by Jerry Turner. - Credit: Archant

Life in Ipswich, between London Road and Bramford Road, has seen many changes since the town expanded into the area during the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Six public houses – all within walking distance – have closed and several of the small shops in Bramford Road, which served the community, have also gone.

Two Victorian school buildings, London Road and Bramford Road, now have a new use and the area is served by Handford Hall Primary School.

Do you know this family pictured in their Ipswich home in 1976? Picture by Jerry Turner.

Do you know this family pictured in their Ipswich home in 1976? Picture by Jerry Turner. - Credit: Archant

In today’s Days Gone By, I feature photographs of the area in decades past.


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I have included pictures taken by staff photographer Jerry Turner, who captured life there in July 1976.

Do you have memories of this part of Ipswich, or recognise anybody featured? If so, send an email here.

Do you know this couple photographed in 1976. Picture by Jerry Turner.

Do you know this couple photographed in 1976. Picture by Jerry Turner. - Credit: Archant

The picture below shows Gatacre Road from Bramford Road in the early years of the 20th century.

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Bramford Road School for boys and girls on the right was built in the 1880s.

The building is now home to the Suffolk Record Office and the Sir John Mills Theatre. Residents now have difficulty parking in the street.

Picture from David Kindred's archive.

Picture from David Kindred's archive. - Credit: Archant

The next picture was take in January 1967 and features shops between Victoria Street and Prospect Street.

Most of the shops were then closed as the area was set for redevelopment.

A directory from the mid 1960s includes from the left: McDonald’s fish and chip shop, Mr L Singh’s store, Mrs Eleman draper, Mr C.A. Smith grocer, Mrs Walker’s shop and Chiltern Textiles drapers.

Picture by Jack Keen.

Picture by Jack Keen. - Credit: Archant

The Staff of Life, Bramford Road, is one of six public houses, now closed, that served the area of Ipswich between Bramford Road and London Road.

It closed in 1962. The Spotted Cow (also known as Sloanes and the Iron Horse) closed in 1992.

The Rose and Crown, at the junction of Bramford Road and Norwich Road, closed in July 2011. The Royal William, and Ipswich Arms, London Road closed in 1999. The Masons, (also know as the Freemasons) in Victoria Street closed in 2016 and soon after, it was badly damaged by fire.

Picture from David Kindred's archive.

Picture from David Kindred's archive. - Credit: Archant

The next shot shows Bramford Road from the junction with Beaufort Street, around 1960.

All of the houses on the left and the Staff of Life public house were demolished in the early 1960s.

Rendlesham Road and Bulwer Road are on the right.

Picture by Jack Keen.

Picture by Jack Keen. - Credit: Archant

The London Road, Ipswich School building is now home to the Westbridge Academy.

This group of infants and their teacher were photographed there early in the 20th century.

Do you recognise anyone in the picture?

Picture from David Kindred's archive.

Picture from David Kindred's archive. - Credit: Archant

Here is a moment in July 1976 that captures life in the Surrey Road, Sirdar Road area of Ipswich from over 40 years ago.

These children were playing in the street, including one boy in his slippers.

Picture by Jerry Turner.

Picture by Jerry Turner. - Credit: Archant

Bramford Road, looking towards Chevallier Street, around 1960. Victoria Street is off to the left.

Bramford Road, looking towards Chevallier Street, around 1960. Victoria Street is off to the left. Picture by Jack Keen. - Credit: Archant

Mason Street, Ipswich, in January 1967. These houses were demolished when the area was redeveloped s

Mason Street, Ipswich, in January 1967. These houses were demolished when the area was redeveloped soon after this photograph was taken. Picture by Ivan Smith. - Credit: Archant

There was plenty of parking for residents and visitors when these photographs were taken in July 197

There was plenty of parking for residents and visitors when these photographs were taken in July 1976. Picture by Jerry Turner. - Credit: Archant

Victoria Street, Ipswich, close to the junction with Bramford Road, in the 1960s. These houses were

Victoria Street, Ipswich, close to the junction with Bramford Road, in the 1960s. These houses were then due for demolition. Did you live there? Picture by Jack Keen. - Credit: Archant

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