Holywells Park
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The gates
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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.
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The wrought ironwork features water and fragmites reed motifs.
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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.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Holywells Mansion 1904c.1900

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.

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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.
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Decorative floor tiles in the orangery.
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Raised lettering: 'SHUT ... OPEN' on the iron ventilation adjusters.
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Above: the view of the early stage of the lawns and planted borders.
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A clock on one of the faces of the tower was installed to match the other two.
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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.

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Decorative iron screens between the stable stalls, plus a corner manger for straw and feeding trough.



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