During the lottery-funded refurbishment of Holywells Park, these
fine gates (plus the paving) were installed on the Bishops Hill entrance. The brickwork
incorporates an excellent piece of hand-cut lettering incised on a
stone tablet: 'HOLYWELLS PARK'; clean serif'd capitals.
The wrought ironwork features water and fragmites reed motifs.
Below: a turn-of-the-19th/20th-century postcard of the Cobbold's
Holywells Mansion with the Orangery (centre) and Stable block at right.
The footprint of the demolished house is marked by paving and planting
in the park refurbishment which took place up to 2015. Ipswich
Borough Council received a grant of £2.8 million from the Heritage
Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for the Holywells "Parks for People"
restoration project in July 2012.
The Orangery and Stable Block
Although there isn't much lettering relating to the park, except the
memorial on the Myrtle Road
entrance, it is worth including some of the images from the restoration
work of the Stable Block and Orangery carried out over 2013-15. Both
these buildings relate to the Cobbold
mansion which was tragically demolished in 1963.
March 2015 images
The pool; sadly it is not possible to reinstate the pool due to
health and safety problems, so it is now used as a planter.
Decorative floor tiles in the orangery.
Raised lettering: 'SHUT ... OPEN' on the iron ventilation
Above: the view of the early stage of the lawns and planted
A clock on one of the faces of the tower was installed to match
the other two.
In the Stable Block café, Tim Germain's unusual counter features
timbers separated by distressed red bricks. In the frog of the brick,
the word 'SWANAGE'. For more on named bricks, see our Wherstead red page.
Decorative iron screens between the stable stalls, plus a corner
manger for straw and feeding trough.
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