Bramford Road houses

Wandering down an Ipswich thoroughfare, taking your time to look around, can be enlightening. This particular road is very long and runs from The Rose & Crown at the junction with Norwich Road right through to the village of Bramford after which it is named. Here is a selection from the named houses on Bramford Road between the Chevallier Street junction and the A14 bridge. Also a couple of houses in Henniker Road which runs parallel to Bramford Road. The date plaques show that development here occurred over a fifty year period (1877 to 1927) and it includes several Freehold Land Society examples.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 1a
205-207: 'Cumberland Terrace 1877'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 1b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 2a
248: 'Long Reign'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 2b
Queen Victoria marked her Golden Jubilee in 1887
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 3a
252: 'Belmont - 1895 - Villa';
254: 'Mishama - 1897[?] - House'*

House on Surbiton Road is 'Telolmakouta House, 1897', shown on our Named buildings page.

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 3b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 4a
256 (entrance in Surbiton Rd): 'Zagazig - 1894 - House'*
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 4b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 5b
345-347: 'Grosvenor Villas, F.L.S. 1899'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 5b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 6b
389-391: Cornfield, F.L.S. 1897.' §
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 6a
Drive between 387 and 393
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 7a
316-318: 'Birkett's Terrace, 1912'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 7b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 8b
328: 'AD 1883' terra cotta monograms
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 8a
Large, handsome houses, set back from the road
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 9a
427-429: 'Constantine Terrace F.L.S. 1898.'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 9b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 10a
336: 'Pleasant Villas, 1884, R.S.'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 10b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 10a
443: 'Commercial Buildings, AD 1879'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 11b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 12b
467-469: 'Prospect Cottages, 1878'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 12a
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 13b
360: 'Tel El Kebir Cottage, 1891'*
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 13b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 14a
537: 'Thirza, 1927'±
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 14b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 15a
476-478: 'Shafto Terrace, FLS 1914'
Not far from Shafto Road
(see Street name derivations).


Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 15b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 16b
522-524: 'Thompson's Dwellings, 1927'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 16a
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 17b
590-592: 'Bosmere Terrace'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 17a
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 18a
710-712: 'Wilson's Dwellings, 1928'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 18b
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 19a
'Valley View, FLS 1901'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Henniker Rd 2a
Henniker Road
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 1a
'Southdown, FLS – 1901'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Bramford Rd 1b
Henniker Road
Several points of interest arise.
Names such as the bald 'Long reign' have their own charm, probably celebrating relating
to Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.
*Then we get to the houses around the Surbiton Road junction with strange names such as
Mishama (perhaps a variant of the Japanese name 'Mishima' – as in novellist and hara-kiri enthusiaist 'Yukio Mishima', but why is it used here?), Telolmakouta (still unattributed, but sounding as if it relates to the First Boer War 1880-1) and Zagazig (not a quote from the Spice Girls, but a town in Lower Egypt and home of Ahmed Orabi, the Egyptian colonel who led the revolt against the British in 1882), as well as Tel El Kebir Cottage past the rail bridge (named after a battle fought in Egypt by the British army against Egyptian troops in 1882).
§These 'set-back' semidetached houses are F.L.S. 'Garden farms' (see our page of Felixstowe Road F.L.S. houses for an explanation). This is probably also true of the two pairs shown in the last row (above) in Henniker Road.
±Thirza is a girl's name, a variant of Tirzah (Hebrew), and the meaning of Thirza is "delight, pleasantness, cypress tree".

In Henniker Road (see Street name derivations), which runs parallel with Bramford Road are four Freehold Land Society
semi-detached houses which compare with 'Cornfield' at 389-391 Bramford Road (shown above), also bearing the 'F.L.S.' letters and set back from the road. These set-back dwellings illustrate the F.L.S. policy of  building modest, usually semi-detached dwellings in the middle of sizeable plots, designed to give a living to the inhabitants from market gardening, fruit-growing etc. The possibility of future infilling of future housing along the roadside building line was intentional. Such houses can also be identified in Felixstowe Road. Other 'F.L.S.' terraces can be identified along Bramford Road.

Related pages:
House name plaque examples: Alston Road; Cauldwell Hall Road; Cavendish Street; Marlborough Road; Rosehill area;
Ipswich & Suffolk Freehold Land Society (F.L.S.); California
Street index; Origins of street names in Ipswich; Streets named after slavery abolitionists.
Dated buildings list; Dated buildings examples;
Named buildings listNamed (& sometimes dated) buildings examples.
Street nameplate examples;
Brickyards


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