Baden-Powell Cottages and The Norfolk Road Angel, Persevering
230-232 Bramford Lane
At 230-232 Bramford Lane is a
particularly unusual and pictorial house name plaque. We were not aware
of this piece until Richard Cocke, author of Public sculpture of Norfolk & Suffolk
(see Reading List) showed it during his talk
to the Ipswich Society in October 2013.
'BADEN POWELL COTTAGES'
is emblazoned across the upper scroll which has suitably
scout-like flag endings. The top of the plaque has suffered some damage
at the centre-right edge, but has been well-painted in white fairly
recently to accentuate the details.
The portrait of Baden-Powell is rather cartoonish and perhaps stands
half-way between classical sculptural correctness and primitive/naive
On the related website for Public
sculpture of Norfolk & Suffolk, Richard writes:
"Baden-Powell is shown bust-length, under a cartouche decorated with
flowers, continued at the bottom with an olive leaf on the left. He
wears a trim moustache, looks out sternly in his military uniform from
under his characteristic stetson campaign hat.
Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron (1857- 1941) became a national hero
following his exploits at the siege of Mafeking, even before founding
the Boy Scout movement in 1908. When the siege was lifted on 16 May
1900 Baden-Powell became a national hero, celebrated on patriotic
postcards of that year, the probable source of the image on the roundel
[sic]. The elegant if simple
brick of the cottages, diminished by replacement doors and windows, is
consistent with a date around 1900, when Baden-Powell first achieved
national fame, a date underlined by their position besides Kitchener
Road." Viscount Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum (1850-1916), famous from
the 'Your Country Needs You!' poster, became High Steward of Ipswich in
Kitchener Road sign
On the corner of Bramford Lane and Kitchener Road is Springfield Junior School.
'The Norfolk Road angel
29.4.2020 – Ed Broom writes: 'Are you familiar with the angel on
Norfolk Street? Come up Hervey Street, turn right into Norfolk Street
and it's the first house on the left. No obvious lettering but very
pronounced like that Baden-Powell feature on Bramford Lane. He/she is
high up above the front door. Most odd.' This must, like the
Baden-Powell relief above, be an original feature of the house
(Cumberland Terrace on the same side of the road has a plaque dated
1888). The double fronted, end-of-terrace dwelling may
have originally been called Angel House by the builder or original
owner, who knows? There is no lettering. Thanks to Ed for spotting it.
More from Bramford Lane
196-198 Bramford Lane
UPDATE 26.5.2020: Ed
Broom writes again (this time with a very 2020-specific refererence):
'With a slow-moving socially distanced queue
outside my local Tesco, I walked a little further to my local Co-op. En
route I spotted Persevering Terrace (1878) on Bramford Lane, a row of
about a dozen small houses between Springfield Junior School and
Richmond Road. Name plate is between 196-198 Bramford Lane and in the
shadow of a satellite dish. Great name, don't you think? -Ed.'
The name plaque is shown as an enhanced image above right. The 'ING'
has filled up somewhat with paint over the years, so it's easy to
glance at this and read it as 'PERSEVERANCE TERRACE' which would be,
perhaps, a more expected name. The name may have been chosen by the
builder; one likes to imagine that he might have experienced financial
or structural problems during this development – however, the Victorian
taste for uplifting qualities such as fortitude, endeavour, loyalty and
so on is probably more the ticket. One comparitor in Ipswich is
'Vigilant Villas' on our Dated buildings
page. Thanks to Ed for sending this in.
216-218 Bramford Lane
Ed completes the hat-trick:
[UPDATE 23.6.2020: 'One more
thing: at 216-218 Bramford Lane, a few doors down from
Baden-Powell Cottages, can be found a white name plaque reading (I
think) Omdurman Cottages 1899. I'd imagine that the Battle of Omdurman
was very big news at that time. Again that ties in with nearby
Kitchener Road [five doors down].' Well done, that man – although it looks as
if clinging ivy has been pulled away from the facade, making this
The Battle of Omdurman was fought on 2 September 1898. An army
commanded by the British General Sir Herbert Kitchener defeated the
army of Abdullah al-Taashi, the successor to the self-proclaimed Mahdi,
Muhammad Ahmad. Kitchener was seeking revenge for the 1885 death of
General Gordon; it marked the success of British efforts to reconquer
the Sudan. However, it was not until the 1899 Battle of Umm Diwaykarat
that the final Mahdist forces were defeated. Omdurman is today a suburb
of Khartoum in central Sudan.
Notable events in history sometimes sparked the naming of buildings.
See our Bramford Road page for 'Tel El
Kebir Cottage' and 'Zagazig House'.
Other things in Bramford Lane:
Bramford Lane rail
Bramford Lane (St Thomas
Church foundation stone)
135 Bramford Lane
('Claydon Hall Dairy'
with Hampton Road)
203 Bramford Lane
(Co-op 'BUILT 1904')
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