For information on Rosehill Library in nearby Tomline Road and
the story of the area see our Rosehill
case study page. For information on the churches in the area, see
our Rosehill churches page.
[UPDATE 26.3.2012: 'Came across
your site recently, it's fascinating, I lived in Rosehill Rd up to a
couple of years ago & often wondered about the plaques on the
houses of the area & the history behind them. I thought I might
find something on the plaque that's on 174 Rosehill Road (where I
lived) "Alpha Place 1875".... have you come across this? Kind regards,
Keith Turnbull. Thanks to Keith for
the suggestion. We hadn't noticed this because it's so difficult to
read from the street.]
Above is a retouched close-up revealing that the incised,
decorative characters were once lined in black, but appear to have been
filled with a buff paint. Odd thing to do.
We would have guessed that the name was chosen just because it
has a ring to it. However, 1875 is quite an early date. Is it possible
that this was the first house built there, hence the name, alpha being
the first letter of the Greek alphabet? The short terrace on the corner
of York Road is shown above; No. 174 apparently built be bigger that
its book-ending neighbours. The three are quite modest
and plain in design, suggesting an early build.
Also the houses here, from the corner down to the site of St
Bartholomew’s Church, were built by the Ipswich
& Suffolk Freehold Land Society, so it’s looking promising.
Surrounding houses, where dated, appear to be later – for example, the
first three shown at the top of the page, which are undated.
Upper Cavendish Street
58-60 Upper Cavendish Street
40-42 Upper Cavendish Street
There is a title of Marquis of Landsdowne. (two 'd's). No
known connection with William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, but
wouldn't that be neat? See also Cavendish Street.
The missing name plaque
On the subject of house name plaques, it is worthy of note that
every now and then we come across a house frontage where an owner (or
perhaps both owners) have removed the stone tablet from the fabric of
the front of the building and infilled with matching brick. To go to
such expense and trouble suggests that they must have taken great
exception to the house name. One such example is at 17-19 Upper
61-63 York Road.
Alexander Berry (1781-1873) was a Scottish-born surgeon,
merchant and explorer and one of the founders of the state of New South
Wales, died in Sydney Australia on 17 September 1873. In
1822 he was given a land grant of 10,000 acres and 100 convicts to
establish the first European settlement on the south coast of New South
Wales, Australia. There are no known links to Ipswich or Suffolk, but
it is likely that the death of a notable person in the news gave rise
to this naming.
11-13 York Road.
Queen Victoria's second grandson, George Ernest Frederick Albert
(1865-1936), became Duke of York on 24 May 1892, became King George V
in 1910 and remained so through the First World War until his death on
20 January 1936. George was only 17 months younger than Albert Victor,
and the two princes were educated together. in September 1877, when
George was twelve years old, both brothers joined the cadet training
ship HMS Britannia at Dartmouth, Devon. For three years from 1879, the
royal brothers served on HMS Bacchante, accompanied by their tutor,
John Neale Dalton. Whether any of this was in the mind of the
house-namer here, we cannot know, but the unusual 'tied-up-with-a-bow'
pleated scroll on this name plaque compares with Percy Cottages and Clarence House.
5-7 Newton Road
It is likely that this name relates to the first owner, as in
the case of Clement Cottages, J.G.L. Gooding's Cottages (on this page)
and Bateman's Villa, also in Newton Road, shown on the page including Margaret Hancock's research.
12-14 Newton Road
An unusual house name plaque, this. The characters stand in
relief from the surface (cameo, unlike almost all other plaques shown
on this website where the letters are incised (intaglio); were the
letters applied later, or was the plaque moulded as in the case of
almost all others? (The exception in Salisbury Terrace in Woodbridge
Road, shown on our Named buildings
page, which is made out of wood and bears incised characters.
18-20 Newton Road
The out-of-the ordinary addition of initials suggests those of
the first owner of the property; see (Bilney Cottages above). The
naming after the larger of the Ipswich rivers is obvious.
64-66 Newton Road
This very large and degraded name plaque can be found opposite
the Church of St Bartholomew. Bloomfield is a name found on the F.L.S. California estate;
see our Street name derivations page
for Bloomfield Street. Perhaps they are related.
80 Newton Road.
See our list of occupants of no. 170 Newton Road ('E. Markham: County Supply Stores') for mention
of the source of this house name from 1904.
D ... 1874'
... the scroll with the waggly
142 Foxhall Road is part of a Victorian terrace with the most
intriguing name in a decorative script:
'BLUE GOWN VILLAS
The delight of apparently
insignificant historical detail is the question it poses.
Above the alleyway between 137
and 139 Foxhall Road. In their peerless work The doughnut in Granny's greenhouse
by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band lead singer and trumpeter Vivian
Stanshall intones the swingin' number My pink half of
the drainpipe. The images recall that portrait of suburban life.
The roughcast spattered all over the name plaque cartouche hasn't quite
obliterated the lettering.
On 174 Foxhall Road can be found another cartouche with the finely
Orianda is a resort town on the
southern shores of the Crimea, a peninsula of Ukraine located on the
northern coast of the Black Sea. The Crimean War ran from October 1853
– February 1856 so the name of this building may relate to that.
170 Foxhall Road is at one end of Orianda Terrace, on
the corner with
Alan Road (see Street name derivations
for a link to the Cobbold dynasty). This building used to be a
greengrocery shop with its
doorway on the 45 degree angled corner. A sign was painted in the blank
window above. Between the two the owner has fixed his collection of
hydrant signs (see Street furniture).
They indicate the position of valves on the water mains
and are of late nineteenth or twentieth century date and other examples
used to visible in Bridge Street. The
enamelled hydrant sign on the right is similar to that seen in Soane Street.
That Alan Road street nameplate (above) can be contrasted with
the sign on the corner of Cavendish Street, as spotted by Simon Bole
"I really enjoyed the talk last night, it made me realise that I am not
alone in admiring what amounts to 'street furniture'. I had seen your
website in advance of the talk and found both fascinating... Alan Road:
The street nameplate at the corner of Cavendish St is at low level on
the back edge of the footpath rather than on the house. More quirkily
the word 'Alan' is positioned above 'Road'. I attach a photo. Simon B."
Perfect spacing of the two words –
See Margaret Hancock's research on
the origins of the Rosehill Estate and the derivation of the name 'Alan
Regent Terrace, 55-57 Alan Road
The large-and-small caps mark this house name
plaque out; not
only that, but the builder has been given equal billing to the terrace
name. The owner has navigated between the ubiquitous satllite dishes to
whiten the background, paint the incised characters in black and paint
the surround so that it resembles a Victorian funeral card. As the
'Regency period' was 1795 to 1837, so the name was probably chosen
because it sounds a bit up-market.
Further up Foxhall Road on the corner with Newton Road is 'TENNYSON
HOUSE 1892' with the name plaque at the centre of the side gable on
Newton Road, rather than above the front door (see Clement Cottages,
above). Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (1809 – 1892) was Poet
Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's
reign and this tablet commemorates the year of his death. Perhaps
appropriately, at some time after this 2013 photograph was taken the
owners painted the tablet black, with the characters white.
A row of houses on the east side of the road leading up to the
'Family Grocer' lettering displays some
unexpected house names. Sydney Cottages are at nos.
Between nos 83-85: 'Acacia' (a
originating in Africa and Australia: a few species are widely grown as
ornamentals in gardens, the most popular perhaps is Acacia dealbata –
silver wattle) and Fern Cottages (nos. 91-93) we find the curve ball of
Cottages' (nos. 87-89). Brondesbury is an area of Kilburn in London. It
between the boroughs of Brent and Camden. Brondesbury College is an
Islamic private school in Queen's Park, London. There
is Brondesbury Cricket Club and the name is even applied to two rail
stations. When searching for house and road names, it seems that
existing place names are often applied; presumably, the more obscure
the better (although they had to make the characters more condensed to
fit the long name onto the plaque).
Rather frustratingly, we have been unable to find the man (it
usually is a man) whose name is commemorated on this cartouche at 97-99
Derby Road. Gooding is certainly a local name (including Thomas Gooding
who built Freston Tower in 1578/9) and
there are still many of that name listed locally. It is most probable
that Mr J.G.L. Gooding was the local builder who built these two
houses, perhaps to live in himself and/or rent out.
[UPDATE 29.3.2016: 'Just
spent a happy half hour having a look into above. Not guaranteed but I
suspect JGL Gooding was owner/landlord of The
Royal Oak public house.
Plots of land fronting Derby Road were included on FLS Felixstowe Road
Estate No 4 offered to its members in July 1889 as "the final portion
of the Estate of 74 acres situate on the Felixstowe and Derby Roads and
which has proved... to be one of the most successful ever dealt with by
the Society". This ballot notice (IRO Ref:Gf419/FLS1849/3/1/1/64) also
lists the other portions of the Estate balloted in earlier years.
Roughly speaking the 74 acres covered the section of Felixstowe Road
from Derby Road to the west side of the present Bixley Road.
FLS Felixstowe Road Estate No 4 was balloted in 3 portions:
1st Ballot - Stanley House (which has recently been thoroughly
repaired), with Yard, Stables, Sheds & Gardens situate at the
corner of Felixstowe and Derby Roads
2nd Ballot - Six Houses with an acre of land to each on the Felixstowe
Road and Two Houses with 130 rods of land to each on the Derby Road
3rd Ballot - Fifteen most eligible Plots of Building Land with
frontages on the Derby Road.
Plot 15 was adjacent to Stanley House and a purchase contract dated
21st August 1889 (IRO Ref GF419/FLS1849/3/1/11/2) reveals that it was
originally balloted to James Durham but his name is crossed
through & the name J Gooding, Royal Oak inserted. The price of the
plot was £49.
Hope you find this as interesting as I do!! Margaret.' We are very grateful to the official
archivist of Ipswich Building Society for this information from their
See also Margaret Hancock's
research on the Rose Hill area, including Cyclamen Cottages, Bateman's Villa, Emmeline Cottage, Adela Cottages.
See also our Lettered castings