Lancaster & Nottidge Roads
street name signs
Lancaster Road: a sign screwed over the original paint
on brick . The condensed capitals are rather unusual, the sign probably
dating from the time when heavier cast iron street signs with
chunkier characters (see Parliament Street
for other examples) were replaced by thinner embossed steel signs such
as this one. See the nearby St Helens
Church Lane for a similar example. The 'L'
and 'AD' can be seen at each
end, with the tops of the capitals
over the top edge of the metal sign.
image of the north side
Lancaster Road is a short street running between Palmerston Road and Warwick
Road. It is of interest because the houses in it were the first to
built in Ipswich by the Freehold Land Society
in 1866. The terraced dwellings were described at the
time as 'high quality, 2-bedroom, workman's houses'. At this early
stage the FLS didn't put name/date plaques on the terraces.
2.10.2016: The Lancaster Road nameplate hangs away from the wall,
presumably because of vandalism rather than weather...]
[UPDATE 2020: by this time the
Lancaster Road nameplate had dropped – or been pulled – off.]
See our Cavendish
Street page for a large map detail from 1867 of the eastern part of
the town. Lancaster Road is notable in that its terraces are already
built at this time, although with no housing in either Palmerston or
Warwick Roads, they look a little isolated. Many other parts of the Freehold Land Society land are hardly plotted out.
Not far away, and even more
are the traces of lettering on the wall of the building at the corner
Nottidge Road and Alexandra Road.
Here the words 'NOTTIDGE ROAD'
and 'NOTTIDGE RD.' are still
two previous painted
versions, the first part removed/obliterated by new brickwork and a
downpipe. The building carried an extension which formed a grocery shop
until about twenty years ago (there was a tiny hidden Tolly Cobbold
behind it in Alexandra Road which was open in the evenings). For some
it was a yacht chandlery – a number of years before the Wet Dock was
as a marina - and has now been converted into flats, the way of so many
of our corner shops.
Cauldwell Hall Road
house names; Rosehill
house names; Cavendish Street house
names; Marlborough Road house
Ipswich & Suffolk Freehold Land
Dated buildings list; Dated buildings
Origins of street names
in Ipswich; Streets named after slavery
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