Cullingham Road 'Corn hay chaff...'

This building has been demolished, it's now on our These We Have Lost page. See photographs below.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cullingham Road 20012001 image
This one's a peach. A large ghost of a sign, it is on the side wall of the HSS Hire Shop on the corner of Cullingham Road where it meets Handford Road. You can see part of the metal street sign to the lower right and near it, partially covering our sign, the modern shop sign screwed to the wall. So what does it say, we hear you cry? Well, it took a bit of deciphering, even on site, but the long pale cartouche reads:
'CORN HAY CHAFF AND STRAW STORES'
(there may be other lettering beneath). The wall of this building is a patchwork of rebuilding and blocking-up (particularly noticeable above the decorative frieze) and in fact it stands on one of the ancient roads into the town, running in a south westerly direction from Colchester towards the site of the long-lost Ipswich Castle near Civic Drive; this area was once very marshy and largely uninhabited. It's nice to think that the sign reached that far back, but unlikely. It does, however, link us to an age when the horse ruled the highways and chandlers advertised the products of the corn harvest for the steeds' upkeep and well-being.

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cullingham Road "Hay & straw..." 22010 image courtesy Dave Riseborough
[Update 3.1.2010. Dave Riseborough's more recent photograph shows a new street sign (with Borough crest) and a change to the temporary, screwed-on sign: it's now an estate agent's board. Even on this 'full frontal' image (close-up below) it is difficult to make out any words, within the  pale cartouche outline. However, straining the eyes and walking up and down in front of the site did eventually reveal the sign, as laid out above. Dave writes: "Hullo Borin, I found the Cullingham Road sign on your website after I sent you the e-mail – you've got better eyesight than me to decipher it."]
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[UPDATE 18.4.2016: The Ipswich Society Facebook page announces that this building is due for demolition. "The end of 139 London Road.... This familiar building next to LIDL on the corner of Cullingham Road and Handford Road has become an eyesore in recent years and has been empty and boarded up since December last year. The building is due to be demolished in the next few weeks to create a larger car park for the ever busier LIDL store which was enlarged two years ago. The Ipswich Arms and the Royal William pubs used to stand side by side to the right of this building until they were demolished in 2000 to build the new LIDL store."]
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By 2016 part of the sign has been obliterated by cream paint running round from the frontage. Here is a close-up of the right-hand side of the sign, showing some slightly raised elements and a clearly defined small capital 'S' just right of centre, illustrating the layers of lettering. Once you've got your eye in, you can make out the word 'Stores' (the final 's' cut off) to the right and 'Straw to the left.
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Below: the view of the whole site down Cullingham Road showing outbuildings.
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[UPDATE: 16.2.2017: 'This Historic Lettering bit the dust today and the whole building will probably be gone by the end of next week.  I will try and get better photos tomorrow morning without the sun in front of the camera... I am attaching four photos of the old HSS HIRE yesterday.  I guess it will all be gone by the end of this week at they rate they are working Tim Leggett'.]
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cullingham Road gone 1Photographs courtesy Tim Leggett
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Cross over Handford Road and go down to the nearby junction with London Road for Mile End - Coleman Buildings.

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