The largest house number in Ipswich?
At the corner of Sirdar Road and
113 Bramford Road is a former bakery with a former newsagent next door
at number 111
Bramford Road. Somebody, spotting that one would need only one stencil
for the job, decided to paint the building number nicely spaced on the
red brick and using the brick courses to determine the numeral height –
they are big (6 courses deep). It worked so well, they repeated the
trick on the other side
of the window.
Typical. We make a special
trip down to Bramford Road
(not far from the W. B. Kerridge sign)
and they've covered up part of it with an estate agent's board. For
another example see Woottons).
Ipswich was once served by a
whole string of small bakery shops owned by Newstead's, served by bread
baked in their own factory on Whitehouse Road. When the business collapsed (late
1980s?), the bakery shops closed and, eventually, the facory was
demolished and still stands beside Norwich Road as a range of condrete
platforms. A handful of the shops reopened as independent bakeries and
this is one of them. It's nice that it retains its gable Hovis
advertisement with gold, curved section capitals standing out in relief
against a green background. A familar
sign for decades throughout Britain in different configurations,
although I never really liked the taste of this mass-produced
'wholemeal' sliced bread.The brand name was coined in 1890 by London
student Herbert Grime in a national competition set by S. Fitton &
Sons Ltd. (large millers in Macclesfield) to find a trading name for
their patent flour which was rich in wheat germ. Grime won £25 when he
coined the word from the Latin phrase 'Hominis Vis': 'the strength of
man'. One wonders how much Mr Grime would have earned if he'd been on
eventually became a European grocery shop, but the signs are still in
place to remind us of earlier history.
Also in Bramford Road,
possible traces of the early cable television system British Relay.
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