Perhaps inevitably, this lettering example was
noticed to have disappeared by late 2005. Presumably this was all part
of the radical Waterfront
which was responsible for the removal of massive
unsightly old concrete structures and their replacement with massive
unsightly new concrete structures (cynics!). Or its disappearance might
have been due to metal thieves...
These 2014 images of the curving wall, still undoubtedly Bridge Street – why did they remove the street nameplate? – show the site of the sign. On the right the rusted remnants of the lower brackets still project from the brickwork. In the left photograph, the gable of 4 College Street can be seen, so this wall occupies part of the space where number 2 College Street must have stood. See our College Street page for an 1890s view.
[UPDATE August, 2010:
The old, burnt-out St Peter's Maltings behind this sign have now been
[UPDATE May 2011: "... the metal plates with a V in them are not fire marks or fire plates; they indicate the position of valves on the water mains and are of late nineteenth or twentieth century date. The fire marks issued by insurance companies were much earlier, and were generally more ornate." We're grateful for this correction by Bob Malster (See Reading List). Indeed there are some fine examples of the fire plates on the building frontages opposite the Ancient House and elsewhere in Buttermarket.]
Other water valve markers can bee seen collected at 170 Foxhall Road (see our Rosehill house names page), in the yard of the Sun Inn and at Ivry Street (see our Street furniture page).
The importance of Bridge Street is indicated in
Keith Wade's paper: A history of
archaeology in Ipswich and of its Anglo-Saxon origins (see
'Special subject areas' on our Links page.):-
'At this period [Middle Saxon period], there was also much activity along the north bank of the River Orwell. A long sequence of timber waterfront revetments, from the 7th century onwards, were found in excavations at Bridge Street in 1981. The Middle Saxon waterfronts, of simple post and wattle hurdle construction, were little more than a bank protection, providing dry land on which to embark from the shallow draft boats of the period, such as that found at Utrecht. More complex timber structures were found more recently during excavations at the Cranfields Mill site, east of Bridge Street. '
See our Stoke Hall
page for early maps showing Stoke Bridge and Bridge Street.
See also the nearby Stoke
Trinity House Buoy and in Over Stoke: The Old Bell and The