Dogs Head Street

We wonder how many people notice this notice.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Dog's Head Street 12013 images
(It's just under the gutter...)
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Dog's Head Street 2

They managed the superior 'T', but failed on the possessive apostophe of "Dog's". As noted elsewhere, the commissioners of street nameplates – and their manufacturers – "don't do apostrophes", except in rare examples such as "St Edmund's Road" as shown on our Blue plaques page.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Dog's Head Street 20142014 image, after repainting
This is attached to The Plough public house on the corner with Turret Lane (which gets a bit lost in the Old Cattle Market bus station). We learn from the Suffolk CAMRA website (see Links) that the original building dates from the 17th century. At some time in late 1880s this building was much reduced in size when Dog's Head Street was widened and straightened for trams. Dog's Head Street had for centuries before that been no more than a narrow alleyway.

The rather grisly source of this strange street name is said to be an inn called The Dog's Head in the Pot (see Street name derivations) which stood on the Brook Street corner in the seventeenth century. It was The Dog's Head in Pot Lane in 1694. It seems to have been The White Hart and The Punchbowl at various times.

There is more on this street on the Edme Bakery page.
See our Turret Lane page  for a 1902 map of the area.


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