Collage of lost signs
From the bygone age of 'words on buildings' a selection
of Ipswich's long-lost lettering samples. Spot the odd-one out.
From left to right:
'...R&Co. MANTLES, COSTUMES, FURS' (corner of Dial Lane
and Tavern Street)
'POCOCK BROTHERS' (Tavern Street)
'COMPLETE OU[TFITTERS] J&J. EDWARDS; LARGEST STOCKS IN EASTERN
ENGLAND; MEN'S TAILORS, MEN'S CLOTHES[?], YOUTHS' TAILORS, YOUTHS'
CLOTHES[?], BOYS' OUTFITTERS, HATTERS HOSIERS, SHIRT MAKERS GLOVERS'
(Tavern Street, next to Great White Horse)
'VICTOR & EDWARD. THE GREAT WHOLESALE HOUSE FURNISHERS OF LONDON.
BRANCHES IN EVERY LARGE TOWN. etc.' (Queen Street)
'THE ZULU INN ... TOLY'' (see below)
'THE WOLSEY HOUSE PHARMACY. CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST, PAINTS OILS AND
VARNISHES, F.H.PALMER.' [interesting combination of trades...] (corner
of St Nicholas Street and Silent Street)
'SPARKS & CO. LTD. CAXTON PRINTING WORKS.' (corner of Cutler
Street and St Nicholas Street)
'FOOTMAN & CO.' (roofed and
lettered bridge over
from William Pretty & Son corsetry factory and the rear of
Debenhams, fomerly Footman
Pretty & Nicolson's store). Presumably the latter acted as a
major retail outlet for the former, so stock could be moved efficiently
across, all under cover
'TOLLY FOR QUALITY' (The Ostrich, Wherstead)
'IPSWICH SOCIAL SETTLEMENT' (Fore Street), demolished 1961 as part of
the tidying-up of Fore Street, prior to the Queen's visit on 21 July.
It also bore the legends: 'For God and the People', 'Club Entrance',
'TANKARD INN COBBOLD LIGHT DARK' (Tacket Street)
'BROWN & BRADBROOK FOR VALUE.' (corner of Cox Lane and Orwell Place)
'M. BIRD. UMBRELLA & SUNSHADE MAKER' 'ANTIQUES' ( both St
'BROWN'S SACK & BAG WORKS' (later John
Good & Sons, Wet Dock, Wherry Quay)
'THE IPSWICH MALTING COMPANY LTD.' (Wet Dock, New Cut West)
'REAVELL AND CO. LTD.
ENGINEERING' (Ranelagh Road)
'THE ZULU INN TOLLY ALES & STOUT'[?]' (Wolsey Street)
'WITHIPOLL ARMS INN, G. SHELDRAKE; WITHIPOLL ARMS INN, GEORGE
SHELDRAKE' (corner of St Margaret's Green and Cobbold Street –
now an antique furniture shop; this was the site of Jacob Garrett's
foundry, responsible for casting many milestones)
All are trade signs except the odd
one out: the Ipswich Social Settlement sign; it stood on Fore
opposite where the new university building
now stands. It opened in the late 1890s as a community centre for
the thousands of residents who lived in the town's very poorest area
around Fore Street. After closure, the main hall of the settlement was
converted into the Empire Cinema ('The Tuppeny Rush' in the local
vernacular) and the building eventually came down in the 1950s.
See also our page of Ipswich lost trade
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