The Changing Dock
The black and white photograph was purchased from
the Ipswich Transport
Museum many years ago. The vantage point is from beneath the Doric
of Paul's maltings, next door to the Old
House. Depicting a wet day with the double track tramway lines curving
away towards Cliff Quay, it is not clear when this photograph was
taken, but we could
hazard the 1960s, some time before the Maritime Ipswich
festival when the building was used as a makeshift museum.
Just visible is the lettering 'R & W PAUL LTD.'
on the corrugated
cladding facing the water, much later removed and the whole maltings
for Contship Ltd and currently Aston Graham Solicitors. The central
shaft rises out of sight. The Isaac Lord
maltings can be seen further down the quay, then a sloping roofed
extension and the John Good warehouse. In the distance is the Eastern
Counties Farmers high concrete silo to the right; this farming
co-operative established a compound feed mill on the site in 1954. The
University College Suffolk building now stands on the site.
You can see the
glass and steel version of the building
on the 2004 colour photograph, behind the wheeled crane in the
A sailing barge used as a restaurant is moored in front of the Customs
More detail can be seen on the close-up (below); as far as we can see
brick and stone warehouse further down the quay (now the Salthouse
Harbour Hotel) doesn't at this time bear
the lettering 'John Good & Sons (G.C.B.) Ltd'.
This may help to date the monochrome photograph more accurately. The
Waterfront Regeneration Scheme resulted in the complete demolition of
the silo beneath which these
photographs were taken; only the columns remained. This is now the area
outside the quayside Pizza Express.
Gosh, look.... open water in the Wet Dock! The Isaac Lord dockside
buildings are visible
above the deck of the barge and further down The Salthouse Harbour
Hotel (formerly John Good warehouse). The
new apartment blocks
partially obscured by the central pillar. The pillar to the right
some of the new Neptune Quay block being built on Coprolite
Street. The gap between the apartment developments
on Neptune Dock awaits the new Suffolk University (completed 2008).
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