Red House Villa  and '1881'

Two dated houses either side of Cauldwell Avenue.
394 and 396 Woodbridge Road stand on a ridge above the main road.

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Red House Villa 1
The houses boast a double-scrolled panel beneath the eaves.
'RED HOUSE VILLA
1866'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Red House Villa 2
It is just possible that the inspiration for the house name came from The Red House (as shown on our More Almshouses page under 'Cranfield Court') which once stood near today's Chelsworth Avenue. The scrolled name and date plaque is remiscent of those found on houses built by the Freehold Land Society and, indeed, the map on that page showing developments by the FLS up to 1934 shows that it did develop these houses, even though they are outside the California estate boundary formed by the Cauldwell Hall Road.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Red House Villa FLS mapFLS map up to 1934

Across the way at number 398 (also developed by the FLS) is a large corner house with a bay window to the left of the front door.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Red House Villa 3
Either side of a Tudor rose, the unusually large date between ground and first floor is the palindromic:
'1881'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Red House Villa 4



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