Days Gone By: Dock area was for recreation before industry claimed it in the 1920s and 1930s
- Credit: Dave Kindred
When it was proposed in 1836 to build an enclosed dock in Ipswich, provision had to be made to take the flow of the river past the development, writes David Kindred.
Much of the work on the new canal was completed in 1840 and only the lock gates, then off New Cut, needed completion.
There was criticism of the whole project to build the dock with local newspaper, the Ipswich Journal, saying what they thought of as slow progress:
“As putting off the evil day when this ill considered and rashly undertaken plan shall be called completed.”
When the lock gates were closed for the first time on January 22, 1842, the whole project to build the Dock and New Cut cost in the region of £130,000.
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Both sides of New Cut were lined with trees and the island site had a promenade and an avenue of lime and poplar trees extending over the lower dam into Ship Launch Road. The lock was moved to where it is now, cutting through the dam, opening July 27, 1881.
In today’s Days Gone By I have taken a look back through my archive to a time when New Cut, Ipswich, was a leisure area, and how it was lost when the area was industrialised in the 1920s and 30s.
Do you have memories of New Cut, Ipswich, you would like to share with readers? Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS, or you can send an e-mail here.
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