All Saints Church

Standing on the corner of Chevallier Street and  Waterloo Road is this striking red brick church. with its lofty octagonal tower.
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Chevallier Street celebrates  Harriet Temple Chevallier who married John Wilkinson Cobbold (of the famous local brewing family) in Aspall, Suffolk
in 1796. Their son, John Chevallier Cobbold, was born in 1797 and took his mother's surname as a middle name. John Chevallier Cobbold had a significant influence on railway development in East Anglia (see EUR). [Information from the Cobbold Family History Trust, see Links]

Simon Knott writes: "Suffolk doesn't have many 19th century churches - or, at least, not many that aren't rebuilds of medieval ones. The best of the new are probably the Anglican Ipswich St Bartholomew and Bury St John, and the Catholic Ipswich St Pancras and Lowestoft Star of the Sea. These are all excellent churches, worthy buildings for parish and county alike. All Saints, then, is something quite unusual for Suffolk. It is a run of the mill Victorian redbrick church. That it is a run of the mill Lancashire-style redbrick church is probably because the architect was Samuel Wright of Blackpool, who won the 1887 competition, possibly to his own surprise. He won 50 for the effort. The parish was carved out of St Matthew." [Simon's Suffolk Churches, see Links]

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On the Waterloo Road elevation is a rear doorway with, as the detail shows some complex moulding at the apex with gothic lettering motif at the centre of the crucifix: 'IHC'. The so-called 'sacred monogram', the letters 'IHC' are the first three letters of the Greek word for Jesus IHCOYC. See St Peter's Church for another version of this.
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The sacred monogram appears on the spandrels of the main door, as shown by the close-up (lower centre).
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This dedication stone just round the corner from the main door and low down – note the algae – has not survived the weather as well as the rest of the church's fabric.

Muriel Clegg in The way we went (see Reading list) tells us that one interesting feature of the foundation stone laying of the Corn Exchange in 1880 was the prominent part played by Freemasons. 'Six years later an even more  impressive masonic ceremonialwas observed when the foundation stone of All Saints Church (then Blenheim Road, now Chevallier Street) was laid by the mayor, B.P. Grimsey. The procession to the church, in addition to the civic dignitaries and the band, included Brethren of the Lodges, cornucopia with corn borne by the Master of the Lodge, two ewers of wine and oil carried by Masters of the Lodges, the trowel and mallet, the phial containing coins, etc. and other insignia of office borne by various Provincial Grand Officers. All the Freemasons wore aprons and collars, medals and orders. It was said that "never since the days of Wolsey has Ipswich ever seen such an imposing festival".'



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