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Can anyone remember where this picture was taken in Ipswich.

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Madge
Sorry, no, but I am very curious to know now, it's a pity the name on the premises on the left isn't a bit more visible.
Andy A inactive
My first guess is the area where Revitts built their motor bike shop along Norwich road. This is close to the junction of Norwich road and Bramford road. As a small child I remember standing here waiting for a bus with my mother and was always fascinated by the shoe shop opposite that had the animated walking lady advert in the window .Also opposite was Shelleys hairdressers where my uncle worked for some time and a paper shop where I got my comics. .  There was a group of small cottages with their gardens that backed onto Norwich road. Im fairly sure these are those cottages....   If the weather was fine I remember that we walked home and called in the butchers near the top of Bramford road hill where i was further fascinated by the model cows and chickens in the window. ...Anyone else who have memories of this part of old Ipswich in the late 1940s and early 1950s?
Madge
I can remember the shops you mention but not the cottages, were they along where Cumberland Towers now stands?  There must have been dozens of rows like this just off the town centre in those days, especially coming up from the docks and Fore Street area, and Black Horse Lane, Curriers Lane and all around the St Matthews area. 
When the picture is enlarged you can see a big chimney in the background, does this give anyone a clue?
Andy A inactive
The row of  cottages I remember were in the position where Revetts the motorbike shop now stands and opposite the shops i described. Also opposite the row of cottages were other shops such as Jacobi's and Wakelins Wireless. Cumberland Towers were built about 200 yards further along the Norwich road as you headed out of town. The sad thing about pictures of old Ipswich is that almost nothing exists of areas such as this. 99%  are obviously of the town centre areas and strangely of the eastern areas of the town.The dockland areas are also very well covered . It would be wonderful to see more pictures of the Dales area and the Norwich road area leading out of town in bygone times.
Madge
I can picture better where you mean now, and as I said, I can remember the shops opposite, I don't remember cottages along there though, may be it was just a bit before my memory, I would have been very young in the early 1950's. The visible letters over the door of the adjoining premises are ctioner, I am wondering if it was a bakers/confectioners. The cottages look very sweet, but doubt they were, probably damp as anything. I am intrigued by the two faces peeping out of the window in the cottage to the right. And I wonder who the boy is ?
I am by no means sure about this, but it's possible that many of the bigger houses leading up Norwich Road out of town may not have replaced earlier buildings. Many of them are Georgian and early Victorian, the type that would have been built by merchants when the town was expanding. Until a few years ago I lived in Rayleigh Road, the house was built in 1926 and before that I believe it was all still farmland. I wish I could ask my mum ! 
Andy A inactive
I grew up in the late 40s and as a child I saw the Ipswich that my mother would have known when she was growing up. Very little changed until the early 50s when the large estates such as Whitehouse and Castle hill were nearing completion. The town center  was as they remembered it along with the shops. The cars were much the same and so as a 1940s child much was the same. My favorite bus stop was outside the old Baths hall. We walked or we went on public transport in those days. So much has changed. I believe the old home made sweet shop was opposite the baths hall somewhere, and those gorgeous smells of peppermint humbugs! ....I wonder how many of the lovely old streets and buildings would have survived if they had the same regulations back then  as we do now. I wish I could ask my grandmother more details of old Ipswich when she grew up in the early 1900s, but I did gain  some wonderful images as she talked about the fields and meadows off Norwich road, and how she walked to work as a young woman along the Norwich road.  If only we had some video's of those times. Our chlldhood memories are  totally different to memories we form as an adult. A child sees only whats immediately around them and is not able to see beyond that, and so everything is slightly mysterious and kind of wondrous. I remember picnics on Christchurch park as a child, and to me it seemed the park went on forever and had no end. And how wonderful those Co op fetes were every year!  Such simple and lovely pleasures that have now been deprived of children forever in this electronic world of computer games of destruction and killing. But thats totally another area of debate....Back to those cottages. Someone please let us know if these were the ones along that area of Norwich road...........
Spotty Dog
I'm really interested in your chat and picture but can offer no ideas as to where it may be. The big chimney must be a real pointer as those large chimneys would only have been built for very special puposes. Maybe a factory or foundry and I think you're right the shop is or was probably a bakery and confectioner but there is no clue in the picture that it is actually in Ipswich. Are you sure that the picture was taken in Ipswich?

There was a lot of high density housing in the area where Suffolk college is now although I'm not sure how many there had front gardens (I wasn't around there at the time!). The chimney in the background could then have been in the dock area but it's all guessing. It would be nice to be able to find another picture with the chimney in it but it seems the internet is not that old!!
Andy A inactive
This picture was taken in Ipswich. It was among cut outs from the Evening Star that my father used to keep. I am trying to find the folders they were all kept in but no luck at the moment. I have checked in all the David Kindred books I own but havnt seen it  in the books in my collection as yet. I shall continue searching and hope someone comes up with the answer lol..
Spotty Dog
This is a picture of Stoke Bridge in the 1880's Is it the same chimney?
James M
Good spot, Spotty!  This might put it in the Fore St area, perhaps around where the uni is now.  Or coming from the other direction, somewhere around St Peters?
S F inactive
Spotty Dog - the area of housing that was around the Suffolk College was known as the potteries, a slum area where the houses were back to back, I think they shared a toilet and nobody had front gardens either.  The residents from these houses were moved to the estates, Gainsborough and Whitton back in the 1920's/1930's.  A clue from your picture Andy is the shop has the letters '....ctioners' so I would say this is Confectioners?  But then there were hundreds of confectioners back then so that doesn't really help does it, but a lovely photo Andy.
Andy A inactive
If my hunch is correct, the chimney in the distance I was guessing was connected with the Tannery that was  further down the Bramford road in Tower Mill area.,now a new housing area. I have posted the picture on Historic Ipswich site and am hoping they will come up with the answer. All bets on guys....
Michael H
Hi Going by the way the child is dressed its clearly been taken around 1900 _1910.The best bet is to have a look in the kellys directory for that period ( SUFFOLK RECORDS OFFICE ) GATEACRE ROAD as its quite clear that its a auctioners next door. look for auction rooms in the kellys.I would say that they are the auction rooms for garrod turner in st peters street
Spotty Dog
Michael, that's good input and if it were in St Peters Street it would account for the chimney around College Street area  being in the background but unless the spelling has changed in the last century that shop wasn't an auctioneer.
Michael H
Hi yes you could well be right now i have looked at it again thanks for that spotty dog
Andy A inactive
These cottages have now been confirmed as those that stood where the Revetts motor bike shop was built....Cherie keys on facebook wrote

My hubby remembers walking past these cottages every day on the way to a little fruit shop just past them and confirms you are right, they were where Revetts was
Andy A inactive
The Little fruit shop was just past the Rose and Crown pub on the junction of Norwich and Bramford road on that side of the road.
S F inactive
Michael H - the shop wouldn't have been an 'auctioner's' as you say, because it is spelt 'auctioneer' with 2 e's?  So we are looking at a confectioners I believe?  Spotty dog is quite right!
Michael H
Yes SF we have already sorted out that i got it wrong see previous comments

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