The Maharani, Orford Street, Gymnasium Street
46 Norwich Road
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This tall, rather striking building was known to us as once bearing a large decorative hand-painted game and butchery sign on its east wall. The text is given on our Introduction page. The photograph of this sign is framed and displayed inside the restaurant. A version of it can be found at the top of our Lost trade signs page.
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The bressummer near the top of the gable has a carved date in its centre:
with what appears to be a carved merchant's mark in the centre. This late Victorian building doesn't seem right for a medieval merchant's mark; perhaps the 'Arts & Crafts' architectural style invited this archaic touch? It is interesting that Bettley/Pevsner (see Reading list) read this date as '1897'; who are we to argue? The building is further described: "[it] has a first-floor canted oriel and a jettied gable with carved bressumer and barge-boards ... as well as a good tiled shopfront. The tiles must be by Carter & Co. of Poole, who sign a large tiled mural of a hunting scene inside what was originally a fishmonger and game merchant's shop (two more murals have been lost).

The premises to the left boast a fine decorative plaster panel above the dormer window:
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The whole is protected from evil spirits, perhaps unusually, by a terra cotta flying fish on the apex of the gable:
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Directly opposite this restaurant is Serjeants Paints & Wallpapers shop sign.

Orford Street, 30 Norwich Road
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Above: the building on the corner of Norwich Road and Orford Street was for many years the Hare & Hounds public house, but was converted in 2011, with the help of Coe's store opposite, into a bridal shop. The nicely refurbished facades bear a water valve oval badge (see Street furniture) and cast iron street nameplate: 'ORFORD ST.' The masonry paint has been carefully applied with the street sign in place, but its black frame has also been painted. Six bolts attach the plate to the stucco. The side wall of the Maharani is visible at far left.

Gymnasium Street
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At the rear of the Coe's store is a narrow thoroughfare leading, eventually, north to Newson Street. See our Street name derivations page to indicate the street name links to the nearby Barrack Corner.

Related pages:
Named buildings list; Named (and sometimes dated) buildings examples
Dated buildings list; Dated buildings examples
Origins of street names in Ipswich; Streets named after slavery abolitionists
Street nameplates
Street index


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