Inside Cranfield's

Actually, it is now the DanceEast Jerwood DanceHouse (no time for inter-word spacing for these dancers). The DanceHouse is situated in The Mill, on the former Cranfields Mill site. Inside the foyer, not far from the famous tutu chandelier, is an old sack. But what a sack!
Ipswich Historic Lettering: DanceEast sack
Nicely framed, this relic of the busy days of milling at Cranfield Brothers' displays the following lettering in two coloured inks:
'CHARGED 4/-
CRANFIELD BROS. LD.
IPSWICH
+ DOCK ROLLER MILLS +
2/65     40
CANCELLED'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cranfields ad 19321932 advertisement
The fine print on the advertisment reads:
'The finest quality Patent Flours ever manufactured –
"GOLDEN SEAL" from strong Wheat Mixture.
"SNOWFLAKE" from mild Wheat Mixture.
"INVINCIBLE" Stone Ground Wheatmeal.
WHEAT-FEED–BRAN & MIDDLINGS. Guaranteed pure and without any admixture of ground screenings.
"SNOWFLAKE" Self-Raising Flour. In 13/4-lb. and 31/2-lb. Bags. IDEAL FOR CAKES AND PASTRY.'

This three-quarters aerial view of Cranfields Mill at the height of its import/export and production shows the scale of the operation where early buildings have been added to and, in some cases, surrounded by later developments of the site. The two sailing barges moored at Albion Wharf in the westernmost tip of the Wet Dock can be loaded from the buildings on top of the dockside collonade (the cast iron columns are still there, see our Dockside ground level page for a 2013 view). The tramway running along the dockside beneath the overhang carries goods waggons –  which can be filled from the mill above – being pulled by a steam locomotive, visible at the left. The narrow raised road/tramway running from the jaws of Foundry Lane towards the Island site has the 'old technology' of a horse-and-cart on it. The banner sign: 'CRANFIELD BROS. LTD.' appears three times on various parts of the factory, with 'CRANFIELD'S FLOUR MILLS' on the highest tower next to the chimney.

Ipswich Maritime Trust display
The photographs, below, from the Ipswich Maritime Trust display in the Custom House show, below left, ‘Cranfield’s Dock Roller Mills, 1958. Loading sacks of flour at the site of today’s IMT Window Museum (original photograph: Stuart Grimwade)'. Below right: another lettered sack:
‘THIS SACK IS THE PROPERTY OF
CORNFIELD BROS. LTD.
DOCK ROLLER MILLS
IPSWICH
TO BE USED FOR WHEAT ONLY  8/55'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cranfields 3   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cranfields 4

For an image of the stump of 'Cranfields Flour Mill' which has been preserved (unfinished) opposite St Mary-At-The-Quay Church see The Mill page.
See our More almshouses page for a little more about the good works of Lillian Cranfield, widow of the founder of the company.

For more images of these buildings and of the northern quays during the 2005/6 Waterfront demolition and clearances see our Waterfront regeneration page.



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