The area known as "Broom Hill" was owned by the Sherrington family.
They sold the land to the Borough of Ipswich for park land in 1925.
Prior to the construction of the pool in 1938 the same area of
Broomhill Park was a bowling green. Local senior citizens reveal that
the land was always a flat shelf around this area of the park. It
therefore stands to reason that if this was the only naturally flat
area on the "Broom Hill", then it is quite probable that it was also
the site of the Broom Hill football pitch where Ipswich Town Amateur
Football Club played their first games in 1878. One of the founders of
ITAFC and first ever captain was George Stuart Sherrington, an "Old
Boy" of Ipswich School, as were many of the club’s founders. George
Sherrington's elder brother was Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, who won
the 1932 Nobel Prize for medicine; and became OM (Order of Merit, one
of Britain’s highest honours). He later lived in Valley Road. See our Blue plaques page. [Information from the Friends of Broomhill
Above: 'ORFORD VILLAS
FLS – 1903' (above nos. 5-7)
Above: 'GRAHAM VILLAS
FLS – 1903' (above nos. 17-19)
Above: 'WANNOCK GLEN'; 'CASTLE ROCK' (above
nos. 20-22): these namings bear a striking resemblance
to those on the houses in Marlborough Road.
Above: 'GROVE TERRACE
FLS 1904' (above nos. 29-31); 'BELGRAVE
VILLA' (above no. 34)
Above: 'BEECH TERRACE
FLS – 1904' (above nos.
41-43); 'MAPLE TERRACE
FLS 1905' (above nos.
Above: 'PINE TERRACE FLS 1905[?]' (above
nos. 65-67; lettering clogged with paint)
The last six houses on the east side of Broom Hill Road are of a
somewhat different character, with lettering over the large ground
floor windows to match. Above right: 'ALANDALE' (number
54; evoking one of Robin Hood's Merry Men, perhaps);
the larger characters enclosing the smaller can cause one to pause to
work out the full name.
'CLOVELLEY' (number 56); 'EDGEHILL' (number 60;
N.B.: 'Thurlow' at no. 58 does not have the same decorative characters).
Above: 'ASHLEY HOUSE' (number 64; replaced lintel on no. 62?, no
In a list on our Freehold Land
Society page Broom Hill Road was shown as being developed by the
FLS from 1905-1910, Bernie Westren pointed out the date '1903' above
his own house on the street, hence the inclusion of these examples and
correction of the list.
Margaret Hancock, archivist of the Ipswich Building Society,
tipped us off about Freehold Land Society
documents at the Suffolk Record Office:-
FLS Minute Books
Meeting held 8th May 1903 - next ballot to be held 4th June 1903 at Old
Museum Rooms to include land & houses in Schreiber Road, land in
Broom Hill Road, houses in Henslow Road, and 10 houses in Gatacre Road
at £190 each.
Meeting held 3rd June 1903 - 192 applications for Gatacre Rd (10
houses) 816 applications for Broom Hill Road (10 plots of land), 504
applications for Henslow Road (5 houses).
FLS Ballot notices
3rd Ballot. 9 large building plots, Norwich Road, Brooks Hall Estate,
Ipswich. (plots between Sherrington & Broom Hill Road.) Entered in
Plan Book Index under Broom Hill.
3rd Ballot. Ten building plots, Broom Hill Road, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
(For location plan see related materials)
3rd Ballot. Twelve houses Broom Hill Road, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
3rd Ballot. Twenty two building plots Broom Hill Road, Norwich Road,
Ipswich. (east side).
5th Ballot. Six houses called Beech Terrace, Broom Hill Road, Norwich
name plaque examples:
Rosehill area; Alston Road; Bramford Road; Burlington Road;
Cauldwell Hall Road; Cavendish Street; Marlborough Road;
Ipswich & Suffolk Freehold Land
Society (F.L.S.); California;
Street index; Origins of street names
in Ipswich; Streets named after slavery
Dated buildings list; Dated buildings examples;
Named (& sometimes dated) buildings
Street nameplate examples; Brickyards.
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