Days Gone By: The changes of Fore Hamlet and the Waterfront
- Credit: CHARLIE GIRLING
A part of Ipswich which has seen many changes in the past century is the area between the wet dock (now known as the Waterfront) and Fore Hamlet, writes David Kindred.
Until the end of the 1930s the area had streets of poor housing, built during the period in the 1800s when hundreds of agricultural workers moved to Ipswich to find work at nearby companies, like the nearby Ransomes Sims and Jefferies and the gas works.
Most of the houses of Albion Street and Wykes Bishop Street had been demolished by the end of the 1930s.
Only small sections of Wykes Bishop Street and John Street remain now, Albion Street has gone from the map.
Houses in Trinity Street and Unity Street, survived until the 60s. This area is now mostly occupied by small industrial units.
Children from the area attended Trinity Street and Cavendish Street schools. Most of them transferred to Cliff Lane School, when it opened in the 1930s as part of the Rivers Estate development.
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