Mile End

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Mile End 2   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Mile End 12016 images
At the junction of Handford Road and London Road there is a row of buildings bearing a curious stone name plaque on a level with the middle of the first storey windows. A name which we hadn't heard of before:

'MILE . END,
COLEMAN Buildings
1836.'
Muriel Clegg (see Reading list) judges this to be (probably) the earliest named and dated house plaque in the town.

This sits above a shop-front of
137 London Road (a sub-Post Office, closed in recent years and now a chippy) and residential front doors. There is a central stop between 'Mile' and 'End', but also a comma after the name.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Mile End 4The Mile End terrace

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Mile End 2001Very poor 2001 photograph

So, a conjecture about the derivation. There is a milestone not far from this site up London Road on the left, which may or may not be significant. It is quite possible that this junction of a once important arterial road into Ipswich, London Road which now only serves as access to residential streets, lies one mile from the centre of Ipswich (notionally Cornhill). The name of the terrace, Coleman Buildings, presumably relates to the original developer, builder or owner.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Mile End 3
[UPDATE 27.9.2019:Listed Grade II – here's the Listing text...
'121 LONDON ROAD (Mile End)
House. c.1820. Gault brick with red brick to rear walls and slate hipped roof to front range with C20 tile to small rear range. Right side stack. Late Classical style. 2 storeys and basement. Front has a tripartite sash, 2/2:6/6:2/2 panes, on both floors with crown glass to upper. Windows are set in a raised panel and there are rusticated quoins. The side walls are panelled. Original 5-panel door to left side. Small rear range has a sash on both floors with cornice hoodmould: 3/6 over 6/6. Mostly sashes to rear which are either 3/3 or 2/2, and a door to the semi-basement.
INTERIOR. The little altered interior includes a small open-well staircase with mahogany curving and wreathed handrail and stick balusters with fluted bottom newel. Reeded architraves with corner roundels to many doorways. Front reception room has window shutters and side arches to the chimney breast with another opposite. Cornices and architraves. Original fireplaces in 2 upper rooms have cast-iron grates and there is a later C19 range in the rear main basement room. Further extensive semi-basements and cellars with stone floors.
HISTORY. This area, known as 'Mile End', was laid out in the early C19 as a small isolated development of 16 houses to the main London road, and the house is marked on the first available map which is of 1847.
This is a little-altered small Regency villa which retains original fenestration and many finely detailed interor features.' ]

There was a large, faint trade sign ('Corn, Hay... etc.') only a few yards away from here on the corner of Handford Road and Cullingham Road (now sadly demolished).



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